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Treasurer to run for another term

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By Art Trujillo

Democratic San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has announced that he will seek another term in that office.

The deadline for filing is Tuesday.

Ortiz has been in a number of elective offices, having served on the Las Vegas City Council 12 years, from 1970 to 1972, 1974 to 1978 and from 1994 to 2000. In addition, Ortiz is a former West Las Vegas school board member, also having served a term as its chairman; and he served a term as chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party.

The incumbent treasurer was elected to the post in 1992 and served through 2000; and, after sitting out a four-year term, won the office again in 2004.

“During my term, we instituted digitizing of all tax rolls; we’re among the first in New Mexico to do that,” Ortiz said.

In addition, the treasurer’s monthly tax dollar report appears in the Optic, and he reports similar information on radio.

He has been married for 46 years to the former Sally Ann Maese, and the couple has a daughter, Rulene, a son, Alfonso III, and two grandchildren.

In 1970, Ortiz was hired by then-Highlands University President Frank Angel as assistant to the president. He later joined the university education department and retired in 1993 as an associate professor emeritus.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Highlands and an educational specialist degree from the University of New Mexico.

Ortiz, who says he puts in regular 8-to-5 shifts daily, said, “I’ve always prided myself and the staff as treating the public courteously and professionally. I’m thankful to the public and appreciate their confidence in me.

He said the letters in his last name “match my qualifications for the office: organized, responsible, trustworthy, informed and zestful.”