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Bernalillo County Commissioner

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years old and must be a resident of the district from which candidate is elected. The person in this office, together with other members of the County Commission, represents the County and its interests in all cases not otherwise provided for by law, and appoints elections officials to fill vacancies. The Commission is responsible for County government budget, County ordinances and resolutions, and zoning and business regulation in unincorporated areas, and sets policy for the operations of County government. Salary: $29,569 annually plus benefits.

Division 25

M. Debbie O’Malley (Democrat)

Unopposed



District 5

Charlene E Pyskoty (Democrat)

1. What qualifies you to be a County Commissioner? (75 Words)

I am a successful small business owner with Master’s degrees in Sociology, Public Health, and Counseling, and work experience in behavioral health, communications, and research. I believe in educating for success and increasing access to healthcare. I worked with all 5 Commissioners to create a behavioral health position on the DWI Planning Council, and continue to serve in that appointed role. From a law enforcement/military family, I work hard every day for my community.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district and the county? What specific actions will you take to address them? (75 Words)

Behavioral health and crime affect us all. As a licensed mental health therapist with a criminal justice background, I will help create an integrated, cost-effective behavioral health system which also helps end the catch-and-release criminal justice system by providing, structure, treatment, and monitoring that focus on reducing recidivism. I will support assertive community treatment teams, DWI Court, and supportive housing for those who are homeless. I am smart on crime and support safe communities.

3. How would you balance the demands for economic growth with concern for the environment and our limited resources? (75 Words)

Quite literally, our economy is looking up. Solar and wind energy development will provide jobs and revenue, as well as a clean environment. Our beautiful landscape, climate, and culture provide economic possibilities, engaging our own communities and enchanting tourists. Our riches are not buried in the ground or in some portfolio somewhere – they are in the creativity, intelligence, and strength of our people. Let’s develop and market what already makes New Mexico great.

4. How would you manage development to ensure that adequate infrastructure and services, including roads and transportation systems are available, while maintaining public safety? (75 words)
As a Tijeras resident and Albuquerque small business owner, I understand the issues throughout this geographically and demographically diverse district. I will work to revitalize residential and business areas. By leveraging our strengths, future growth will pay for itself, providing the infrastructure for broadband and cell service, transportation, and first responders. By bringing prosperity back to our neighborhoods, communities will be engaged, businesses will flourish, and quality of life will be increased for all.

James E Smith (Republican)

1. What qualifies you to be a County Commissioner? (75 Words)

Four terms as State Representative from House District 22. Long-term commitment to my community: 11 years on Foundation board for East Mountain High School, former treasurer of Edgewood Chamber of Commerce, V.P. of PTO at Rt. 66 Elementary School, Board member of Wildlife West Nature Park.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district and the county? What specific actions will you take to address them? (75 Words)

Public Safety – Working on a land mobile radio project to bring better communication between first responders. Fully fund the sheriff’s office to protect our citizens and communities. Work with DA’s office to stop the revolving door at the county jail. Economic Development – By making our streets safer and education stronger, we can attract more job growth to Bernalillo County. Make us business friendly through incentives. Re-vitalize the East Central area to make it more attractive.

3. How would you balance the demands for economic growth with concern for the environment and our limited resources? (75 Words)

I respect the property rights of landowners, balanced with the impact that development may have on neighboring properties. As much of the city has been developed, most will naturally occur in our more rural areas. We must protect our water supply while adequately planning for future growth.

4. How would you manage development to ensure that adequate infrastructure and services, including roads and transportation systems are available, while maintaining public safety? (75 words)

I’ve been working closely with the County’s planning and zoning department, along with public works, fire and rescue, and sheriff’s office. Each of these departments has professionals that are very prepared to manage development. And we will continue to work together to ensure responsible growth. The County must make certain that planned development does not outpace infrastructure and public safety. With growth comes a broader tax base that will help pay for those services, however.



Bernalillo County Assessor

Assessor: Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years of age and a legal elector and resident of New Mexico. Among other duties, the County Assessor is responsible for the tax related valuation of all county property, with certain exceptions, and prepares a periodic property tax schedule. Salary: $65,500 annually

Tanya R. Giddings (Democrat)

Unopposed



Bernalillo County Sheriff

4-year term. Must be at least 18 years and a legal resident and elector of New Mexico. The Sheriff enforces the provisions of all county ordinances; aids in the arrest and detention of escaped prisoners; and serves and executes all process, writs and orders directed to him/her by magistrate judges and certain others directed by municipal judges. Salary: $65,000 yearly.

Manuel Gonzales, III (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for the office of County Sheriff. (75 words)

As your incumbent Sheriff, I have been progressively transforming the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office into the most professional, productive and respected agency in the State. Through my aptitude, experience and established relationships, BCSO has become a model agency. A shared vision of accountability, collaboration and unbiased policing has restored the public’s trust in law enforcement. My professional development, advanced training and bachelor’s degree have prepared me well as a law enforcement executive.

2. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I am committed and actively collaborating with political and community stake holders on effective and sensible legislation to mitigate active shooter threats. This includes increasing law enforcement presence in schools, keeping guns out of the hands of those who are convicted of domestic violence with a firearm, and conducting background screening checks of persons with a mental and/or behavioral history of presenting a potential risk toward others.

3. What do you see as the two most critical problems facing the Sheriff’s Department and what do you plan to do about them? (75 words)

The escalating crime crisis in Albuquerque and the de-policing of the Albuquerque Police Department. I plan to increase the Sheriff’s Office overall staffing by 20 percent over the next three years; this plan has already been submitted to the County Commission and is moving forward. As to de-policing of the APD, I challenge City stakeholders to fund the Sheriff’s Office to restore law enforcement services to Albuquerque residence.

Louis G Golson (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experience and abilities you have that prepare you for the office of County Sheriff. (75 words)

Almost 40 years of Law Enforcement experience across the state. 33 years with APD. Knowledge and experience of Law Enforcement operations at many different levels enabling me to understand and have the ability to lead the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in a strong, positive new direction. I understand how agencies should work together to accomplish our major goals; protect and respect the people we serve.

2. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Work with Local, State and Federal agencies to prevent gun violence through enforcement, education and deeper background checks. In cases where violence can’t be prevented; offenders will be prosecuted. I will work with Judges, Prosecutors and Law Makers, to help enact laws that prevent violent offenders from returning to our streets and repeatedly victimizing our citizens.

3. What do you see as the two most critical problems facing the Sheriff’s Department and what do you plan to do about them? (75 words)

Lack of credibility coming from the current BCSO approval of reckless behavior of some employees. Deputies will receive re-training to prevent and prohibit reckless behavior. Rules will be enforced when these policies are violated. Lack of transparency. The refusal to implement body/lapel cameras and denial of public inspection of records. I will bring video to the Sheriff’s Department and comply with public record inspection requests.



Bernalillo County Probate Judge

Four-year term. Must be at least eighteen years of age and a resident of the county where elected. Probate Judge serves the public in exercising jurisdiction over cases of informal probate necessary to the proper settlement of estates of deceased persons. Salary: $28,820.

Christy Jo Carbon-Gaul (Democrat)

Unopposed