Bob Perls for Sandoval County Clerk – Integrity, Outreach, Security
Bob Perls for Sandoval County Clerk

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“The recent national threats to election security underscore how important it is to elect people to County Clerk positions who have experience with technology, the intelligence community and cyber security. As County Clerk, I will lead the charge to upgrade IT security and election procedures while remaining laser-focused on improving the voter experience for all.”

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

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

  1. Model Integrity: The Clerk’s office must be non-partisan where all employees are scrupulously honest and hardworking. Integrity in the office will contribute to integrity of election outcomes. I want the Clerk’s Office to be a great place to work where happy employees provide outstanding customer service all the time.
  2. Promote Voter Outreach: Only 55 percent of eligible voters in New Mexico actually vote and in primaries the percentages are much lower. The Clerk should be the chief engagement officer constantly reaching out to voters on Native American lands, in rural New Mexico and throughout Sandoval County.
  3. Ensure Election Security: In New Mexico, the County Clerk is the chief election officer. In America, our elections are under attack. I have the technology and cyber security background to help modernize the Clerk’s office to protect election results from influence through smart use of the latest cybersecurity assets.

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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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

"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 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

I first met Bob when he and his non-profit, New Mexico Open Primaries, partnered with a consortium of grassroots political groups to lobby for legislation that would expand voting rights and voter registration rights in New Mexico in the 2019 legislative session. Of course prior to our partnering with Bob, his reputation had preceded him (former State Legislator, former U.S. Diplomat, former small business owner). However, working closely with Bob in this effort, I observed first hand his excellent leadership and communication skills. I believe that he will make an outstanding Sandoval County Clerk, and I wholeheartedly endorse him for this position.

Berton Coxe
Founder and leader of Corrales Indivisible

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Extensive Experience:

  • Founded and led for 25 years a NM technology company
  • Met payroll for dozens of employees as the CEO
  • Served my community as a NM State Representative
  • Served my country and represented America abroad as a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State
  • Co-founded PAPA, a performing arts charter school
  • Founded and led New Mexico Open Primaries, a non-profit focused on increasing voter engagement
  • Became expert on election code and election reform measures
  • Developed solid knowledge of cyber security and IT systems
  • Earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Government
  • Earned Master’s of Science degree in Healthcare Management
  • Spent a year working on cyber security and telehealth start-ups

Issues I Will Address:

  • 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
  • Work closely with 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 as much of the real estate and record keeping elements of the Clerk’s Office as is legal
  • 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.
  • Helped Americans in foreign prisons and hospitals as well as worked with local police to assist Americans in trouble.
  • 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

1960

1960’s

1960’s

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

1970

1970’s

1970’s

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

1980

1980’s

1980’s

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

1990

1990’s

1990’s

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

2000

2000’s

2000’s

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

2010

2010’s

2010’s

My job with the Department of State was no political appointment, but rather a grueling 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. One of the highlights of this..Read More
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