Incumbent Eileen Garbagni, who is seeking her second four-year term as Sandoval County clerk, is being challenged by Republican Donald Lemm of Rio Rancho in the Nov. 8 general election.
Garbagni of Bernalillo was unopposed in the Democratic primary in June. 1. Lemm was the primary winner in a two-person race.
Age: (on date of election): 65
Party affiliation: Democratic
Residence: Bernalillo (life)
Education: Graduate of Bernalillo High School; attended Droughon’s Business College
Occupation: Sandoval County clerk
Family: Married to Johnnie, have one daughter/son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Political/government experience: I have worked for Sandoval County for over 30 years.
Major professional accomplishment: My accomplishments with Sandoval County as the county clerk making changes in both the real estate Department and in Bureau of Elections.
Major personal accomplishment: Becoming the county clerk of Sandoval County.
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?: 25 years ago through my divorce in 1991.
Have you ever been arrested for, or charged with, or convicted of drunken driving or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?: If so, please explain. No.
Questions for County Clerk candidates:
♦ What are your qualifications to be the county clerk in Sandoval County?
Garbagni: My qualifications are major accomplishments, including implementing electronic document recording and establishing a system for citizens to pay for recording and other services with a credit or debit card. In the Bureau of Elections, I started with the 2014 primary and general elections being literally flawless. Bringing in a new vendor for our ballot-on-demand function improves the function for elections and for poll workers to expedite the process. The 2016 primary was very smooth. I anticipate the general election to be very smooth and flawless.
♦ What would your top priority be if you are elected county clerk and how would you address it?
Garbagni: My priority would be to bring in a website for customers to search for all records online. I have already contacted the vendor that is assisting me with this project. In the Bureau of elections everything at this point is working like clockwork so there is nothing in that department that needs improvement.
♦ How would you rate the management of the Bureau of Elections?
Garbagni: I would rate it 100 percent only because my election in 2014 was literally flawless and now for the 2016 primary it was again flawless. Continuing with what I am doing the percentage should be at 100 percent.
♦ How would you ensure that communities throughout Sandoval County have an adequate number of voting locations on election days?
Garbagni: For example, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, Placitas and Cuba are getting voting convenience centers, which lets anyone vote at any of the polling locations in those areas. Other locations throughout the county are traditional voting locations. They also have sufficient machines in each precinct and should not have any problems on Election Day. Providing extra equipment for Election Day to all sites is something that is provided to eliminate any problems.
♦ What changes would you make, if any, to make records in the county clerk’s office easily accessible to the public?
Garbagni: I plan to bring in a website for customers to view all recorded documents online. I have contacted a vendor that has done websites for other counties. In the Bureau of Elections, we have a website that gives all the voting information for you to access online. You can view the days, times, even your sample ballot if you know your precinct number. You can access all other information on your affidavit of registration through the Secretary of State’s website.