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Winter to Replace Duran

Duran's unexpired term expires next year and Winter said he will not run for the office. 'This is a temporary assignment,' Winter said.

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

Brad Winter will continue to wear his Albuquerque City Council hat while he serves as New Mexico’s Secretary of State, at least for a while.

Brad WinterDianna DuranWinter, who is in his fourth term on the City Council, will be sworn in as Secretary of State at 3:30 p.m. today in Santa Fe, Gov. Susana Martinez said. He replaces Dianna Duran, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday for fraud and converting campaign funds to her personal use. Winter said he’ll stay on the City Council, at least for a little while.

“There is nothing that prohibits me continuing to serve on the Council. I’ll give it a couple of weeks to see what the job entails,” Winter told ABQ Free Press. “I’m not sure. I don’t want to shortchange either position.”

Duran’s unexpired term expires next year and Winter said he will not run for the office. “This is a temporary assignment,” Winter said.

“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 spent more than 25 years as an official at Albuquerque Public Schools. He served about a year as interim APS superintendent. He was first elected to the City Council in 1999.

If Winter does resign from the City Council, Mayor Richard Berry would appoint his replacement.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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