SOS Diana Duran Resigns
SANTA FE – Late Thursday evening Dianna Duran, the New Mexico Secretary of State who is facing 65 criminal charges submitted a letter of resignation (See previous story on the charges HERE). Duran has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges, but faced possible impeachment in the New Mexico House of Representatives and continued calls from political leaders in both parties to step down.
Duran was first elected Secretary of State in 2010 when she became the first Republican to win the position in over 60 years by defeating the then incumbent Mary Herrera (D). Duran was narrowly reelected in 2014 in a contest against Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D), Bernalillo County Clerk .
Duran’s term in office focused largely on rooting out possible corruption and voter fraud. In 2011 she claimed that some 64,000 undocumented voters, including 37 immigrants, had voted in the previous election but later withdrew that claim when she was unable to provide any evidence. Duran had also recently initiated a reform of the campaign finance reporting law and was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issue on Friday, a few hours before she resigned.
The secretary of State is second in line to the Governor and now that the position is vacant Governor Susana Martinez is responsible for appointing a temporary successor. The position will also now be placed on the 2016 ballot to fill out the two years remaining in Duran’s term.