Karen Montoya's Background

Karen Montoya brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to public service to her candidacy for Bernalillo County Clerk. From 1991 to 2004, she served with dedication in the Bernalillo County Assessor's Office, steadily advancing her career to ultimately become the first woman elected as Bernalillo County Assessor in 2004. In this role, Karen worked tirelessly to modernize operations and ensure fair property assessments for all residents, successfully serving two terms.

Transitioning to the state level, Karen was elected to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) in 2012, where she served as Vice Chair. During her tenure, she passionately advocated for consumer rights and championed sustainable energy solutions, further demonstrating her commitment to serving the community at large.

Karen's dedication to serving her community is further evidenced by her involvement in various community initiatives. Now, as a candidate for Bernalillo County Clerk, Karen is determined to continue her legacy of integrity, transparency, and unwavering dedication to the people of Bernalillo County.

Bernalillo County


Bernalillo County Assessor


PRC Commissioner District 1


Where I Come From

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 Values

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.


After retiring from my previous role, 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.