As your Chaves County clerk, I have received a number of questions over the past couple of weeks and would like to clarify some points: I am not running for re-election, and I am not a candidate for Chaves County clerk.
I do strongly support Stephanie De Los Santos Amaro for county clerk. Stephanie is running as the Republican candidate for Chaves County clerk to succeed me. She is currently the Bureau of Elections chief. In my opinion, she is the very best Bureau of Elections chief I have worked with in my 33 years in the County Clerk’s Office and there have been many great people holding this position.
Stephanie is a lifelong Republican, who is dedicated to her job. Stephanie is intensely loyal to the Constitution, the laws of the state of New Mexico, the people of Chaves County and her fellow workers. Her word is her bond and you can depend on her not only to get the job done, but to do so with absolute integrity.
Her opponent only recently changed his registration to Republican some 4 1/2 months ago. He has been registered with the Democrat Party, then briefly as a Republican, and most recently as “Decline to State.” So just a few months ago, as he anticipates his retirement from city government, he re-registered, this time as a Republican, apparently for the purpose of becoming eligible to run in the Republican primary against Stephanie.
Stephanie supervises elections in Chaves County and serves as a deputy county clerk. This is her career. This is her experience and Stephanie has had substantial training. She has been recognized by the secretary of state for her outstanding work. She has served and continues to serve the citizens of Chaves County with distinction.
She is not retiring from another government position, and she will not be double-dipping on the public payroll in any way. Stephanie is not only a dedicated employee and hard worker, she is also active in her church and our community. She and her husband have been married 16 years and have two wonderful children.
It is an honor to serve the people of Chaves County for these many years as your county clerk, and I care very much about the future professionalism of the clerk’s office. I urge everyone to support Stephanie De Los Santos Amaro for Chaves County clerk in the Republican Primary June 5. She is not only a superb candidate, but a great person as well.
Rhoda Goodloe Coakley