LAURA M. MONTOYA
Rio Rancho resident Laura M. Montoya, Democrat, announces her candidacy for New Mexico State Treasurer.
Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012 and reelected in 2016 as one of the youngest elected officials in the state. She has served New Mexicans for more than 20 years, working with federal, state, tribal, and county governments.
Her career began as a constituent services representative for five counties in Northern New Mexico for former US Senator Jeff Bingaman.
In the capacity of County Treasurer, Montoya was appointed on the New Mexico Tax Policy Committee; appointed as the Legislative Chair of the Treasurer’s Affiliate for seven years; elected by her colleagues to serve on the New Mexico Counties Board; elected to serve as that National Association of Counties Representative; appointed as Vice-Chair of Finance, Pension, and Intergovernmental Affairs under the National Association of Counties; and elected Chair of the Next Generation Young Elected Officials.
“My responsibility as County Treasurer was to protect, collect, distribute, invest and report county funds. As the Legislative Chair, we passed over 20 bills that helped New Mexicans, whether it was by removing tax loopholes that saved millions of taxpayer dollars; assisting our 100% disabled Veterans with clarification on their tax exemption in special districts; or improving the senior and disabled- value freeze to increase the threshold to $35,000 and adding a consumer price index. We also changed the investment statute to allow for more transparency and additional investment tools to diversify the investment portfolio in Class A counties and the State Treasurer’s Office,” stated Montoya. “I want to continue my service and grow the office to its full potential by expanding a financial literacy component as well as work on policies that assist our overall economic growth and prosperity.”
Sandoval County is the fastest-growing county in the state of New Mexico. Sandoval County has over $50 million in non-property taxes, is charged to collect over $1.2 billion in property taxes, and invested over $40 million. In the last four years of Montoya’s administration, the Treasurer's Office had four clean audits, and Sandoval County earned a clean audit in 2020. Montoya’s term ended in December 2020.
Montoya was born, raised, and educated in Las Vegas, NM. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs from New Mexico Highlands University. She was a 2003 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied International Relations at the University of Costa Rica. Montoya was recently appointed as Treasurer for Mentoring Kids Works New Mexico and as a member of the NM Veteran & Military Families Caucus of DPNM. Montoya teaches New Mexico EDGE classes to county elected officials and government employees.
Montoya is the daughter of Michael and Geralyn Montoya of Las Vegas, NM, and has two siblings.