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SOS unleashes fury at attackers

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Mary Herrera said the time for holding back comments is over

By Carol A. Clark

There’s apparently no love lost between Secretary of State Mary Herrera and Los Alamos Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.
What first surfaced earlier in the week as tensions between the two over problems with the statewide voter computer system now appears to be on the verge of erupting into a full-blown feud.
During a telephone call as she traveled north from Las Cruces Thursday, Herrera unloaded 18 months worth of suppressed exasperation.
“Sheryl Nichols has called the newspapers every time she thought she could make me look bad and I’ve had enough,” Herrera said.
Herrera mentioned a letter she received from an unnamed source in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office that she said described Nichols, who also serves as president of the state association of county clerks, as being engaged in an ongoing e-mail exchange with a small group of county clerks in an effort to raise questions about Herrera’s job performance.
She said she believes that County Administrator Tony Mortillaro received the same letter, but he said he didn’t know anything about it, suggesting that it may have gone to his predecessor Max Baker. Mortillaro did confirm that on July 26, through a Public Records Act request, a “Mary Herrera” did ask for copies of e-mails generated by Nichols.


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