SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Albuquerque City Councilor and long-time public schools administrator Brad Winter as New Mexico Secretary of State.
Winter is serving his fourth term as an Albuquerque City Councilor and was council president in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008. Most recently, he served as the interim superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools after working for the school district for more than 20 years in various positions such as chief operations officer, executive director of facilities and operations, and director of capital master plans.
“Brad Winter has the integrity, skills and temperament to step in as Secretary of State and serve New Mexicans with distinction,” Martinez said. “He’s a proven leader, routinely praised by Republicans and Democrats alike, and his experience as a long-time administrator who has managed large budgets, capital and information technology projects, and sizeable staffs will be key to overseeing a successful and well-run election next year.”
Winter will hold the position until Jan. 1, 2017 and will not simultaneously seek election as Secretary of State in the November 2016 election.
“I’m honored to have the Governor’s trust and confidence to serve as New Mexico’s Secretary of State,” Winter said. “These are unique circumstances, but I believe that we will be able to rise to the challenge and uphold New Mexico’s election laws, operate an efficient Secretary of State’s office, and oversee a professionally managed presidential-year election.”
Winter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and a Doctorate of Education from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.