25 Oct Krahling will keep Clerk’s Office running well
The following appeared in the October 13, 2016 Las Cruces Sun News Letters to the Editor:
In the election of 2004, Doña Ana County became the laughingstock of the nation for losing and mishandling ballots, and it was clear that changes were needed.
The outcome was that Lynn Ellins was elected clerk and straightened out the system of elections and all the other parts of the office, doing a remarkable job for the county. Now Ellins is retiring and Scott Krahling, who has worked for Ellins for several years, is running to take his place.
I met Scott when he was a county commissioner and worked with him on several projects. It was clear from the outset that Scott was capable, dedicated, always looking for the things that most needed attention, and getting them done. He made amazing strides on flood control on the East Mesa, and supported community centers and playgrounds. He brought together support to combat bullying in the schools and established help for vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In the county government, Scott quickly realized the need for more formal budgeting to guide county operations, and set up a task team to work that issue. He was a proponent of a strong internal auditor, and other measures to improve government operations.
We have come to realize that a major part of the county clerk’s job is to run every aspect of all elections in the county – for the county and the cities and other entities. It is more important every year. Under Lynn Ellins, and recently under Scott Krahling, as chief deputy clerk, our election processes have gotten consistently better, and are now as good as any in the nation. It is good for the county that Scott is running for this office. He is experienced, he is a man of talent, dedication and integrity, and I am glad to have the chance to support him.