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Dedicated to New Mexico

I'm Clay Pryor. My wife, Michelle, and I were born, raised, and have spent all but one year of our lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. That one year away was Des Moines Iowa working for IBM after I earned my MBA from UNM's Robert O. Anderson School of Management.

While in Des Moines Iowa, we learned how unique New Mexico really is. One after another person we met in Iowa would tell us about their vacations to New Mexico and how wonderful our state is. We realized that as native New Mexicans we knew less about New Mexico than those who vacationed here. As a result, when we returned to New Mexico, we spent our weekends and most of our vacations exploring this wonderful state!

In addition to IBM, I have worked for the Air Force Weapons Labs, the State of New Mexico, and Sandia National Labs. I programmed computers all those years starting at the lowest level at the Air Force Weapons Labs and progressing to Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS) at Sandia where I led small teams developing enterprise web database applications.

In 2019 Sandia rewarded me with the "FY18 Top 3 Improvements Recognition Award - Team Lead." Of course my team members were recognized for their roles as well.

As a software developer for several decades, I know that I can write code to implement just about any algorithm you can think of. I also know that I can make mistakes which can lead to erroneous results. So, I have always had doubts about our voting systems.

Several years ago, when I cast my vote at an early vote center, I asked the people at the tabulator how I can know that my vote was recorded as I intended. One of the nice people responded with “did you hear the ding?” I responded “yes I heard the ding” which would indicate that my ballot was registered. However, my question is how can I know that my votes were cast as I intended them to be cast? A second person at the tabulator responded that I can’t know. This was an honest answer.

Now that I have had the opportunity to investigate how the tabulators are used in Bernalillo County, I have a much better answer. We may not be able to know directly how our vote was cast but there are measures in place to detect faulty tabulators during the counting process so we can have confidence that our votes are counted as intended.

Please keep in mind that we the people can monitor and participate in elections and I strongly encourage everyone to do so. Please contact me if you need more information on how to participate.

The County Clerk's office is more than just elections. I believe my MBA and decades of experience in understanding, adjusting, and automating business systems, in addition to leading technical teams, gives me the ability to appreciate and lead staff in all aspects of County Clerk services.

While I believe the County Clerk’s office is doing great work, it is always a good idea to review and improve administrative processes. This applies to our election systems as well as all other functions of the clerk’s office.

Given the requirements of the job and my relevant background and experience, I believe I am the best candidate for the County Clerk position. Please consider voting for me.

Reference: Please see my LinkedIn profile, or my resume if you don't have access to LinkedIn, for detailed information on my education and experience. I believe you will find my education and experience to be most appropriate for the top management position in the Office of the Bernalillo County Clerk.

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