Candidate for Secretary of State
Vickie Perea was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Q: What is your highest priority if elected?
A: Secure and expedite elections. My top issue will be to create a voter identification measure in the election code because so many issues arise from a lack of proper identification during the voting process. I want to ensure accurate and timely election results.
Q: Why are you more qualified than your opponent?
A: I have more than 30 years of experience as an elected official, public servant and community leader. I am a former Albuquerque City Councilor and former director of City Capitol Improvement Program, overseeing more than $750 million in taxpayer funds.
Q: What unique tools do you bring to this job?
A: I am an experienced administrator who can build coalitions with the county clerks of New Mexico. I believe it is important to have the know-how to interact with the clerks. I would also like to strengthen the business environment in New Mexico. We need to service the business men and women by making the process of entrepreneurship easier.
Q: Do you believe government is transparent enough?
A: No, I believe honest and integrity are paramount.
Q: What will you try to do in terms of making government more or less open to the public?
A: I plan to go back to the beginning of the voting process to ensure a clear and honest vote. The integrity of the vote is paramount. There is a lack of clear guidelines where the voting process is concerned, and there is no continuity. I want to be the point person and get everyone (voting officials) on the same page.
Q: How do you feel about the proposed redistricting of Curry County?
A: Believe me, I would do a thorough investigation to see if that would be the best option for the county.