Dianna Duran

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Dianna Duran
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New Mexico Secretary of State
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorMary Herrera (D)
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$281,721
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Mexico State Senate
District 40
Otero County Clerk
High schoolTularosa High School (1973)
OtherAttended, New Mexico State University
Date of birth1956
Place of birthTulaosa, New Mexico
Office website
Campaign website
Dianna Duran (b. 1956 in Tularosa, New Mexico) is the 24th and current New Mexico Secretary of State. Easily defeating embattled incumbent Mary Herrera (D) on November 2, 2010, Duran became the first Republican elected to the position since 1928.[1]

Duran ran for re-election as Secretary of State in 2014. Dianna Duran won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to her election, Duran was a member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing the 40th District from 1993-2011. She was elected as Otero County Clerk in 1988, serving two terms.[2]


Duran began her political career as a Deputy County Clerk. From 1988 to 1992 she served as Otero Country Clerk. In 1993 she became a member of the New Mexico State Senate, where she stayed until 2010 when she won election as Secretary of State.[3]


  • Tularosa High School (1973)
  • Attended, New Mexico State University

Political career

Secretary of State (2011 – present)

Duran has served as New Mexico Secretary of State since 2011.

On February 9, 2010, she announced her candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state, challenging Democratic incumbent Mary Herrera for the position.[4] On November 2, 2010, Duran became the first Republican in 80 years to win the New Mexico Secretary of State race, with 57.7 percent of the vote to incumbent Mary Herrera's 42.3 percent.[5]

Lawsuit over independent primary voters

Duran declined to defend state election laws restricting primary voting rights for independent voters following a legal challenge filed on June 3, 2014. David Crum brought the lawsuit against Bernalillo County and state election officials to challenge a state law that prevents voters who decline to state party preferences from voting in primaries. The goal of Crum's legal challenge is to allow independent voters to select from Democratic or Republican party candidates during primary elections. Attorney General Gary King filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the state in late July, citing the need to defend the constitutionality of state election laws. According to a report from KRWG TV/FM, 240,741 voters were registered as declined to state (DTS) or independent as of July 28, 2014.[6]

New Mexico State Senate (1993 – 2011)

Duran represented District 40 in the New Mexico State Senate from 1993 to 2011.

Committee assignments

While a member of the New Mexico State Senate, Duran served on the following legislative committees:



See also: New Mexico secretary of state election, 2014

Duran ran for re-election as New Mexico Secretary of State in 2014. Duran was uncontested in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.[8]


General election
Secretary of State of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDianna Duran Incumbent 51.6% 262,117
     Democratic Maggie Toulouse Oliver 48.4% 245,508
Total Votes 507,625
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


Duran received the endorsement of the Association of Commerce and Industry.[9]


See also: New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010
  • Dianna Duran ran unopposed in this contest
New Mexico Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Herrera 42.6% 253,325
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDianna J. Duran 57.4% 341,915
Total Votes 595,240
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State


See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2008

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duran is available dating back to 1992. Based on available campaign finance records, Duran raised a total of $281,721 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[13]

Dianna Duran's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NM Secretary of State Not up for election $1,000
2010 NM Secretary of State/NM State Senate* Won $208,460
2008 NM State Senate Won $13,000
2006 NM State Senate Not up for election $3,000
2004 NM State Senate Won $12,300
2000 NM State Senate Won $31,290
1992 NM State Senate Won $12,671
Grand Total Raised $281,721
In 2010, Duran raised $203,660 for the Secretary of State race, which she won, and $4,800 for her Senate seat, which was not up for re-election.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Herrera (D)
New Mexico Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New Mexico Senate - District 40
Succeeded by
Bill Burt (R)