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Editorial: Do Not Vote for Either of These Two Men!

Editorial: Do Not Vote for Either of These Two Men!

Manny Ortiz, the incumbent, and his tag-team partner, Patrick Padilla, have for years treated the Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office like their own personal crap game

Let’s Move on from Cronyism in the BernCo Treasurer’s Office

BY DAN VUKELICH

We feel the need to speak up on the Democratic primary race for Bernalillo County treasurer.

As Dennis Domrzalski spells out in an article elsewhere on this site (Treasurer: Deja Vu Again!), two men seeking election to the office are personally responsible for costing taxpayers millions of dollars through imprudent investments.

Manny Ortiz, the incumbent, and his tag-team partner, Patrick Padilla, have for years treated the Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office like their own personal crap game – making ill-advised trades, allegedly favoring friendly brokers and costing county taxpayers money.

Manny Ortiz and Patrick Padilla screwed things up so badly at the Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office that the county had to hire an investment adviser to do their jobs for them. The state auditor slammed their business practices and thinks laws were broken. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating.

Padilla survived a criminal corruption trial in the 1990s over his investment practices back then and, to the discredit of Albuquerque voters, they later re-elected him. Once he got back in office, state auditors found he used county employees to run personal errands for him. After two terms, when he couldn’t run again, Padilla stepped into the investment officer position and anointed Ortiz as his replacement.

When the county nearly didn’t make payroll and Ortiz’s and Padilla’s malfeasance finally surfaced, Ortiz sat in stony silence as the County Commission demanded answers. Now, he’s suing the County Commission, charging he is the victim of ethnic discrimination. Oh, and he wants the county to pay the legal bills he ran up fighting an unsuccessful citizen recall effort last year.

For the sake of your tax dollars, do not vote for either of these two men.

The other two Democrats in the race are Chistopher J. Sanchez, a Treasurer’s Office employee, and Nancy Bearce, a neighborhood activist who on her Facebook page lists past employment at “Kirkland Air Force Base.”

Sanchez has been endorsed by a host of heavy hitters in the Democratic Party, including former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. We endorse Sanchez and pray that his election in November will slam the door on Ortiz and Padilla and their shenanigans for good.

Dan Vukelich is editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at editor@freeabq.com.

 

 

 

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  • Truth Betold
    May 28, 2016, 7:38 am

    Ms. Bearce listed the following in her Facebook bio. Kirtland is spelled correctly there, as if that actually mattered.

    "GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC EXPERIENCE:
    Nancy has successfully administrated two of the largest public budgets for New Mexico employees and their families.

    State of NM Employee Benefits, 2004-2011.
    NM Human Services Department, 2002-2004.
    Albuquerque Public Schools Director of Employee Benefits, 1999-2002 .
    Governor’s Health Care Reform Leadership Team.
    Interagency Benefit Advisory Committee for Health Care Purchasing Act.
    Trained Mediator for State of NM’s Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
    Trained Public Hearing Facilitator, Risk Management, Legal Department.
    Defended and Awarded $10 million of IT projects by the State Information Technology Project Committee for NM General Services Department

    OTHER PROFESSIONAL WORK:
    Account Manager, Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, 2014-current
    Consultant, Self Employed, 2013-2014
    Contractor, Kirtland Air Force Base, Medical Wing, 2013
    Executive Director, New Mexico Horizons, 2012-13
    Chief Operating Officer, New Mexico Abilities, 2011-2012

    OTHER PROFESSIONAL WORK:
    Account Manager, Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, 2014-current.
    Consultant, Self Employed, 2013-2014.
    Contractor, Kirtland Air Force Base, Medical Wing, 2013.
    Executive Director, New Mexico Horizons, 2012-13.
    Chief Operating Officer, New Mexico Abilities, 2011-2012.

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
    Chair, La Mesa Community Improvement Association.
    President, Albuquerque Council District 6 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.
    Asian American Association of NM Board of Directors.
    International District Stories of Place.
    Escuela Luz del Mundo Board of Directors.

    EDUCATION:
    BA – University of Louisville.
    Post-baccalaureate Studies – University of Louisville.
    International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) – accreditation studies affiliated with Wharton School of Business, University of PA."

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