A Leader Dedicated to Bernalillo County's Future


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Karen Montoya's Background

Karen Montoya began her journey in public service in 1991 at the Bernalillo County Assessor's Office, where she dedicated thirteen years to honing her skills and expertise.

In 2004, Karen served as a Senior Appraiser with the New Mexico State Property Tax Division, where her dedication to fair valuation practices and accurate assessments earned her respect and recognition within the field. During her time with the New Mexico State Property Tax Division, she assumed the role of Chair of the County Valuation Protest Board, ensuring fair and transparent resolution of valuation disputes and further demonstrating her commitment to serving the community.

Karen then served as the Bernalillo County Assessor from 2007 to 2013, becoming the first woman elected to this position. During her tenure, she led initiatives to modernize operations and ensure fair property assessments for all residents, leaving a legacy of integrity and transparency.

In 2013, Karen was elected to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and served as Commissioner until 2017. As PRC Commissioner, she passionately advocated for consumer rights and championed sustainable energy solutions, making significant contributions to the community at large.

Now, as a candidate for Bernalillo County Clerk, Karen is determined to continue her legacy of integrity, transparency, and unwavering dedication. She envisions a future where the County Clerk's office operates with efficiency and accessibility, meeting the evolving needs of the community while upholding the highest standards of service.

Karen Montoya stands ready to bring her extensive experience, leadership, and vision to the role of Bernalillo County Clerk, prepared to serve the residents of Bernalillo County with integrity, transparency, and dedication.

Bernalillo County

PRC Commissioner District 1

Bernalillo County Assessor





New Mexico State Property Tax Division

Bernalillo County is not just my home; it's the core of my identity and the foundation of my values. Born and raised in this dynamic community as a proud 12th-generation New Mexican, I've witnessed its transformation firsthand, from the tranquil beauty of its natural surroundings to the diverse cultures and traditions that thrive within its borders. It's here that I cultivated the principles of hard work, integrity, and compassion that drive my dedication to public service. Each corner of Bernalillo County tells a unique story, showcasing the resilience and diversity of its residents. From the serene vistas of the Sandia Mountains to the bustling neighborhoods of Albuquerque, this county is a mosaic of aspirations and opportunities. It's where I've nurtured my family, built my career, and established enduring relationships. Now, as a candidate for Bernalillo County Clerk, I am privileged to continue serving this community that has shaped me. Let's collaborate to script the next chapter in the narrative of Bernalillo County, where every voice is acknowledged, and every individual is empowered.

Family and community lie at the heart of my journey in public service. As a proud mother to two incredible daughters and a devoted grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren, I recognize the profound impact of strong familial bonds in shaping the fabric of our society. My family serves as a constant source of inspiration and strength, guiding me to uphold values of integrity, compassion, and respect in all my endeavors.

These values not only define my personal life but also form the cornerstone of my approach to leadership and governance. I believe in fostering a sense of community and inclusivity where every individual is valued, and every voice is heard. By honoring these principles, we can work collaboratively to build a brighter future for our families and communities in Bernalillo County. Together, let's embark on a journey of progress and prosperity, driven by the timeless values of love, compassion, and respect for one another.

Family and Values

After retiring from Bernalillo County, my passion for serving the community only grew stronger. I realized that retirement didn't signify the end of my dedication to public service; instead, it marked a new chapter in my journey. With a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted commitment to making a difference, I felt compelled to continue serving the people of Bernalillo County in a new capacity. Running for Bernalillo County Clerk allows me to leverage my expertise and leadership skills to ensure transparent, accessible, and efficient governance for our community. Retirement has given me the opportunity to focus wholeheartedly on this mission, and I am excited to embark on this journey to contribute to the betterment of our county.


Where I Come From

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