New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was born in Tularosa, New Mexico, attended public schools there, and graduated from Tularosa High School in 1973.
New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran was born in Tularosa, New Mexico, and attended public schools there, graduating from Tularosa High School in 1973. Dianna attended New Mexico State University in Alamogordo before beginning work in the Office of the Otero County Clerk in 1979. Elected county clerk in 1988, Dianna served two consecutive two-year terms. In 1992, she was elected to the New Mexico State Senate, serving until the end of 2010 when she resigned after being elected Secretary of State on November 2 of that year.
On January 1, 2011, Dianna became New Mexico’s 24th Secretary of State. She is the first Republican elected to that office since 1928. As Secretary, Dianna is pursuing a wide range of initiatives designed to modernize the office, streamline operations, cut costs, focus on customer service and lay the groundwork for future operations. Her primary objective remains the integrity of the electoral system. She believes that in a republic—in a governmental system that relies on direct election of public officials—the foundation for legitimacy is based in the people’s belief that elections are conducted fairly, votes are counted correctly, and that only eligible voters are allowed to participate.
In addition to being the chief elections officer of the state, the New Mexico Secretary of State also oversees campaign finance reporting, lobbyist registration, and financial disclosures by certain public officials. Additionally, the office maintains records vital to commerce and industry.
On July 1, 2013, the Corporations Division of the Public Regulation Commission was transferred to the Office of the Secretary of State. This division, which is now part of the Secretary of State’s Business Services branch, is required to process 15 separate kinds of documents involving charter applications, as well as reports which are filed by corporations and limited liability companies. The backlog inherited by the Secretary of State averaged 78 business days per report, meaning companies wanting to do business with New Mexico were waiting 11 weeks to obtain important documents. Through skillful application of technology and common-sense managerial strategies, the average turnaround time is now 7 days, and falling. Some reports have no backlog at all. Even more impressive, this has been achieved with 27% fewer employees than the PRC division, and with a cost savings of some 71%. Additionally, Duran has increased on-line services and usage almost four-fold. The new system allows the Secretary of State to serve customers by allowing them to complete business transactions online, 24-hours a day, from their home or office computer.
Currently, the Secretary of State is developing a new in-house elections system, which will replace a decade-old system, incorporating the latest technology to integrate all components of the electoral process, from voter registration, to candidate filing, ballot preparation and printing, voting, tabulation, results, and canvassing.
Duran is married to Leo Barraza and they make their home in Tularosa. Together they have five children, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.