Redmond elected state treasurer

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By Carol A. Clark

Former 3rd District Rep. Bill Redmond of Los Alamos is the state’s newly elected GOP treasurer. He was elected Saturday during a New Mexico Central Committee meeting in Albuquerque.


Longtime GOP leader JoAnn Johnson, also of Los Alamos, nominated Redmond to the two-year post.


“It was my pleasure to place Congressman Bill Redmond in nomination for treasurer,” she said. “He served the people of New Mexico as the only Republican to be elected to the U.S. Congress from the 3rd congressional district. He continues to serve the Republican Party by helping candidates at all levels, president to local races, and works diligently to find ways to reach more voters, get them involved and get them to the polls. He carries on his work even between election cycles.”


During an interview Monday, Redmond explained why he accepted the statewide position.


“For the last eight years I’ve had Republicans all over the state asking me to run here and to serve there,” he said.


He’s busy operating his residential property appraisal business, Appraisals by Bill Redmond, and he said the state treasurer position requires a smaller time commitment.


“We have professional accountants and auditors who actually do the work but I have experience filing the Election Commission reports and know what's required. With all the ‘pay to play’ allegations going on around the country, I can guarantee if I look at the books that won’t happen.”


Redmond defeated former Bernalillo County Republican Party Chair Fernando C de Baca. C de Baca resigned that post in September amid criticism for stating that Hispanics consider themselves above blacks and wouldn’t vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.


Redmond ran for Congress in 1996 but lost to longtime incumbent Bill Richardson. Just three months later, Richardson resigned to become United States Ambassador to the United Nations.


Redmond entered the special election to serve the balance of Richardson’s term.


In May 1997, he defeated the Democratic candidate, state Insurance Commissioner Eric Serna, to become the first Republican to hold the seat since the district was created in 1982.


Redmond ran for a second term in 1998 but Tom Udall, state attorney general at the time, won the seat.


In 2000, Redmond became the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, but that race was won by incumbent Jeff Bingaman.


Redmond was born Jan. 28, 1955 in Chicago. He graduated from Lincoln Christian College and Seminary in 1979 and became an ordained minister.


He served in a chaplain candidate program in the Army Reserves between 1980-1983.


Redmond also earned a degree in special education from Murray State University. He became a minister for the Santa Fe Christian Church and taught at the UNM-Los Alamos.


The Central Committee Saturday also elected Harvey E. Yates Jr. of Albuquerque as chairman.


Retired Sen. Pete Domenici and former representatives Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce backed Yates who defeated urologist Allen McCulloch of Farmington and investment firm director Michael Meyer of Albuquerque.


“I’m very honored that New Mexico Republicans are entrusting this great party to my leadership as we head into the next election cycle,” Yates said in a release.


He intends to unify the party behind quality candidates, focus on winning key races and continue the work of increasing minority and youth participation in the Republican Party.


Yates is president of Jalapeño Corp., an oil and natural gas exploration and real-estate company, and has resided in Albuquerque for some 40 years.


Central Committee members also elected Nina Martinez of Santa Fe party first vice chairman and Rod Montoya of Farmington second vice chairman.