Bob Perls for Sandoval County Clerk

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Bob Perls has received the endorsements of both Corrales Indivisible and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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“I have been trained by the U.S. Department of State in crisis management. With an M.S. in Healthcare administration and 10 years working on cybersecurity and election reform issues, I have a unique background and skill set that will allow me to run our elections efficiently and securely in times of crisis.”

Bob Perls, former NM State Representative and former U.S. Diplomat.

I am running for Sandoval County Clerk in 2020 for three reasons:

  • UPHOLD INTEGRITY: The Clerk’s Office must ensure the integrity of elections — enough voting machines, no random voter roll purges, and reduce Election Day wait times for all communities equally.
  • PROMOTE VOTER OUTREACH: Nearly half of New Mexico voters don’t vote. The Clerk must educate future voters, promote upcoming elections and help drive turnout among the youth, Native Americans and other minority communities.
  • ENSURE ELECTION SECURITY: The County Clerk is your chief election officer. Bob has the technology and cyber security background to help modernize the Clerk’s office to protect election results from hacking.

The past two years document that the threats against election security are real. The Russians tried to influence the 2016 elections and the Trump campaign benefited. These types of threats are much more severe and sophisticated than the background threats county and state governments usually see. To protect every vote, we need federal level expertise from the intelligence and law enforcement community filtered down immediately to all election officers in New Mexico. We need a Clerk who can modernize the office to address 21st century threats. I have the background, experience and desire to lead this effort.


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"Accountability, transparency and excellence are critical for New Mexico. Bob Perls' past record and future plans embrace those values and actions. His public health education and cyber security experience make him the perfect person to handle the responsibilities of the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office especially as the COVID 19 pandemic plays out and New Mexico, hopefully, moves to a mail-in system to cast electoral ballots. The people of Sandoval County will be well-served by Bob Perls."

Brian S. Colón, Esq.
State Auditor of New Mexico

"Fair and secure elections are a big deal to me. As Chief Prosecutor in Sandoval County I want to see someone like Bob with the knowledge to modernize the election process and election security. If there is a problem, we are the ones who prosecute and I know Bob has the experience to ensure an honest, transparent operation."

District Attorney Lemuel Martinez
13th Judicial District including Sandoval County

"Bob Perls will ensure fair elections for all voters. He is a leader and champion for open primaries and will make a great County Clerk."

State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas
House District 16 incumbent

"Bob is a born public servant. As a state representative and as a diplomat for the State Department, Bob has carried himself with distinction and with constant focus on the issues that matter. He is passionate about elections as shown by his continued commitment to issues like open primaries and will be a great county clerk."

State Representative Daymon Ely and Cynthia Fry
House District 23 Incumbent and, spouse, Former NM Court of Appeals Judge

“We had some good times together in the legislature. Bob will be a great county clerk because he already knows how to work with people of different walks of life to get things done for the good of ALL. One can disagree without being mean or nasty and he has shown he knows how to build bridges, listen and then do the right thing.”

Delano Garcia
Former State Representative

"I've known Bob Perls for several decades beginning from the time he and I served as State Representatives together. He served on my committee for two years and I saw him up close-his work ethic, honesty and ability to get along with nearly everyone. I also saw that he always supported critical Native American sovereignty policy issues.

Bob is not only the best qualified candidate running for Sandoval County Clerk, but I know he cares deeply about voter engagement because of his extensive past work on the subject in New Mexico. As County Clerk, he will do everything necessary to engage himself to constantly reach out to eligible voters to register to vote especially on Native American lands as well as other rural areas and throughout Sandoval County. As County Clerk, I know Bob will make a commitment to provide leadership on election reform measures that make the voting process fair and easier for all eligible voters to vote. These are reasons I'm endorsing Bob Perls for Sandoval County Clerk."

Lynda Lovejoy
Former Commissioner, Public Regulation Commission; Former State Senator; Former State Representative

"Bob was instrumental as a State Representative in helping behind the scenes and in the legislature to help create the Rio Rancho School District. He knows the community and worked on a non-partisan basis to make it better. I support his run for Sandoval County Clerk because I know him to be honest and hard working. With his tech and cyber-security background, he will be well positioned to modernize the office."

Marlene Feuer
Rio Rancho City Councilor, District 4

"Bob Perls has shown in his involvement in state and federal government that he has the public spirit we need in our elected officials. The most important role for the office of county clerk is to manage and conduct elections. Bob is passionate about increased access to the polls for all voters. This means that he is a proponent of increased opportunities for registering to vote, and making registration and voting as simple as possible for everyone, including those with disabilities. Bob also knows that as the election process becomes more and more automated, it becomes more vulnerable to manipulation (e.g., hacking), calling for improved security measures to ensure that votes are accurately counted."

Paul Stokes
New Mexico election expert

"Bob is a proven leader, a problem solver and mediator, with experience across a broad spectrum in both business and governmental roles including intelligence and cyber security. As a small business owner, I particularly value his experience creating high-paying jobs for New Mexicans by founding and growing his own successful companies. Bob brings fresh ideas and a solid and strategic vision for protecting election results, promoting voter engagement, and advocating for election reform to take the role of County Clerk to a new level and into the future."

Terry Eisenbart
Small Business Owner, The Aloft Group

“I’ve known Bob since his time as a New Mexico State Representative where he applied his common sense thinking to the challenges that face our State. Bob had by then already created a medical device company where he gained a valuable understanding of Information Technology. When I started a sales company to market my Identity security product, Bob joined me and brought those skills to the then nascent field of Cyber Security. His second career as a foreign service officer with the US State Department augmented his understanding of both physical and cyber security, both of which have critical importance when it comes to securing our vote. He is the right person for the job of Sandoval County Clerk and has my enthusiastic endorsement.”

Gerard Gagliano
CEO Prodentity, Holder of 3 US patents on Identity Cyber Security, Nationally recognized Cyber Security expert by: The US Department of Defense, The US Intelligence community, and The US Department of Homeland Security

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Extensive Relevant Experience:

  • Founded and led a New Mexico technology company for 25 years.
  • Met payroll for dozens of employees as the CEO.
  • Served Bernalillo, Corrales and Rio Rancho as a New Mexico State Representative.
  • Served and represented America abroad as a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State.
  • Led the Federal Voting Assistance Program for the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany, 2011-2012, to increase our military vote.
  • Founder and Executive Director for NM Open Elections, a non-profit focused on increasing voter turnout.
  • Knowledgeable on election code and election reform measures as a volunteer advocate.
  • Four plus years cyber security policy experience in government and private sector.
  • Awarded a B.A. in Government from Pomona College.
  • Awarded a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from University of Maryland.

Issues I Will Address:

  • Support an all mail-in ballot system while promoting heavy use of absentee ballots in the interim to keep people safe.
  • Place the right number of voting machines at the right locations to reduce wait times and increase the vote
  • Use voting centers and mobile vans to make it easier and more pleasant to vote throughout Sandoval County
  • Provide leadership within the NM State County Clerk’s Association to support common sense election reform measures
  • Provide state-wide leadership on critical election security measures
  • Place on-line real estate and public records held by the Clerk’s Office as permitted by law; implement an e-commerce platform to make purchases easy and secure
  • Implement a passport services office so that residents can apply for passports through the Clerk’s office

Specific Skills and Experience Applicable to County Clerk:

  • The Consular section of an Embassy or Consulate keeps all records of foreign births of Americans and makes a determination of U.S. citizenship eligibility. I worked in and/or led Consular sections at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. Embassy in The Gambia (West Africa) and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
  • I issued visas to foreign nationals who wanted to visit or live in the U.S. making complex decisions about who was qualified.
  • Vetted many applicants for possible terrorist and criminal connections working closely with many U.S. Federal agencies.
  • Issued emergency passports to Americans.
  • Performed much of the record keeping and document evaluation and organization that our County Clerk’s office does.
  • Led the Federal Voting Assistance Program for two years in Frankfurt, Germany where I helped register our military and Americans living abroad to increase voter turnout.
  • Worked as Deputy Director of Fraud Section in Frankfurt trained to detect falsified documents.
  • Trained and certified to be a Voter Registration Agent currently.
In the heart of Sandoval County there could be dark clouds on the horizon without the proper election security safeguards.

Local Roots




My family moved to Albuquerque in 1963 when I was 5 years old. I attended Bellehaven Elementary School in the N.E. heights of Albuquerque. My Dad worked at Lovelace Clinic and then Job Corps. My Mom stayed at home with my sister and me until I was in the eighth grade when she returned to..Read More




My family moved to the University area where my father worked in the Department of Psychiatry as a psychologist. My mother got her Ph.D. at UNM in Counseling and was one of the first women to become Board certified as a psychologist in New Mexico. I attended Jefferson Junior High (now Jefferson Middle School) and..Read More




I returned to Albuquerque full-time in 1981 to start a business and raise a family. My wife and I bought a home in the University area and had two kids. I earned an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and served on the Sandia Peak Volunteer ski patrol. In 1982, I founded Monitech, Inc., a medical..Read More




In 1990, I moved to Corrales to continue raising my family. I served as Chair of the Corrales Parks and Rec Commission and coached Corrales youth soccer for 8 years. In 1992 ran for the State Legislature where I was elected as a Democrat to represent parts of Bernalillo, Corrales and Rio Rancho (House District..Read More




In 1999, I decided to run for Congress in CD-1 as a Democrat in the 2000 election cycle. I spent over a year running a nearly full-time campaign. I sold my company’s office building on Coal and moved into commercial space on Bryn Mawr where I housed both Monitech and my congressional campaign. From 2000-2002..Read More




My job with the Department of State was no political appointment, but rather a grueling selection process to become part of the U.S. Diplomatic Corp, where I carried a top secret clearance. During my training, I became fluent in German, and worked at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany for two years. One of..Read More
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