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Questions to Bernalillo County Treasurer candidates

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1. Please explain your top priorities for the Treasurer’s Office.

2. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

3. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

4. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?

Questions to Bernalillo County Treasurer candidates

 

George Torres
George TorresPOLITICAL PARTY: Republican

PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

AGE: 66

EDUCATION: Successful completion, Leadership Development Program, University of New Mexico Continuing Education Program, 2012; numerous other UNM Continuing Education courses, including accounting; graduate of New Mexico Real Estate Institute, 1981, and licensed since then.

OCCUPATION: Real-estate broker, 1981-present; owner of Valentino’s Beauty Salon for 35 years; owner of Valentino’s Shear Force Beauty Salon for five years. Qualifying broker since 1991, certified residential specialist since 1995, notary public since 1991.

FAMILY: Wife, Loretta Torres; one child.

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Director of Realtor Association of New Mexico; director, vice president and treasurer of Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors; director, president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of Southwest Multiple Listing Service; co-founder and charter member of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, New Mexico chapter.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Owner and qualifying broker of Red Target Real Estate, 1991-95; trainer, Century 21 Real Estate, 1989-91; trainer and team leader, Keller Williams Real Estate, 1996; current owner and broker of Realty Associates/George Torres Real Estate since 1997.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I am a proud and grateful Vietnam-era veteran. My greatest accomplishments to date are being married to the same awesome woman for 42 years, my wonderful son and his wife and, of course, the most handsome grandson in the world.

1. As defined by the job description: Be responsible for keeping account of all county funds received and disbursed by the various county departments, keeping regular accounts of all checks and keeping the books, papers and money pertaining to the office ready for inspection by the Board of County Commissioners.

2. No.

3. No.

4. No.

 

 

 

Manny Ortiz
POLITICAL PARTY: DemocratPLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

AGE: 70

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Western New Mexico University, May 1964

OCCUPATION: Bernalillo County investment officer, 2005-present; owner, Manny Ortiz PC, accounting and tax firm in Albuquerque, 1980-present; qualifying real estate broker since 1988; Small Business Administration officer, 1971-79; former U.S. Treasury agent, 1965-71

FAMILY: Single, two children

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Seven years, Bernalillo County investment officer; eight years, Small Business Administration officer; former U.S. Treasury agent; member of Hispano Chamber of Commerce; treasurer, N.M. Community Loan Fund; VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Program) free tax service for low incomes; former chairman of the board, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: For the past seven years, I managed the county’s investment portfolio, $300 million plus and was instrumental in maintaining AAA bond rating. Bernalillo County is the only county in New Mexico with AAA bond rating and one of 38 nationwide.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Dear to my heart are the many nonprofit organizations I serve, including

the Resource Center, the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA), a program that partners with the IRS offering free income-tax service to low-income families. I’m proud of my community service, having served on the following boards: N.M. Organic Commission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque Capital, the Private Industry Council, and as treasurer of the Loan Fund and as a past member of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I am most proud of my commitment to teamwork, ethics, integrity and respect for the individual.

1. Enroll property owners in the county’s monthly property-tax payment program. Maintain Bernalillo County’s AAA bond rating, which enables borrowing money at lower interest rates, thereby lowering debt service and property taxes. Pursue longevity property-tax credit presented to the Legislature in January. Continue cross-training the treasurer’s staff and improving customer service.

2. Not to my knowledge, but I’ve been self-employed since 1980.

3. No.

4. Drunken driving, no. Felony, no. Misdemeanor, yes, 1983, case dismissed

 

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