Q&A: Bernalillo County Treasurer Candidate Bernadette Sanchez

  • NAME: Bernadette Sanchez
  • POLITCAL PARTY:  Democrat
  • PLACE OF RESIDENCE:  Albuquerque
  • AGE:  66
  • EDUCATION:   Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, 1989; bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, 1987; Certification of Completion of Education/Government Program Acadia University, Spain
  • OCCUPATION:  Retired educator
  • FAMILY:  Two daughters, four grandchildren and 10 siblings
  • POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE:  New Mexico State Senator 2001-2012; Vice President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators; former Democratic State Central Committee member

1.) What professional investment experience do you have?

Legislator and Member of Finance, Mortgage Finance, Finance Authority, and Revenue Stabilization/Tax Policy (committees); reviewed investments, reports, analysis, performance, and allocations of Retirement Pensions, Severance Tax Permanent, Land Grant Permanent, Water Trust, Housing Trust, Tobacco Settlement Permanent, Opportunity, Land Title, Local Government Planning, Land Title Trust and transportation bonds.

2.) Please describe your preferred investment strategy for the county?  

Invest taxpayers’ dollars safely with transparency in collaboration with the Board of Finance. Review current policies, procedures, and portfolio.  Adhere to the Prudent Investment Rule: Safety, Liquidity and Yield. In short term investment with mitigated risk, in stable funds that maintain the principal and earn steady interest regardless of market changes.

3.) What, if anything, should the county treasurer’s office do differently if COVID-19 sends the county into a recession?

Bernalillo County 2021 budget was increased which provides optimism that the county is financially secure if COVID-19 sends them into recession. If it does occur, I will reevaluate and adjust Treasurer’s office budget with required percentage decrease avoiding cutting office staff and public services.

4.) What would be your top priorities as treasurer? 

Improve employee morale and public service. Transform office website for easy, accessible, comprehensive information. Conduct targeted community outreach for seniors, veterans, disabled, potential delinquent taxpayers, and owners on a fixed income. Promote the optional tax prepayment monthly program I sponsored in 2008, and financial literacy education at public high schools.       

5.) Why are you the best candidate for this office?   

Have experience, education and proven to be an ethical public servant. These are your tax dollars. I will be serving you. I will not be persuaded by special interest influence. Quality services for all. I will do community outreach for the disabled, seniors, veterans; our most in need. Financial literacy for our youth.

6.) Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal liens?  No 

7.) Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?  No

8.) 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?  No