Former Doña Ana County official running for state treasurer

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Jim Schoonover

Former Doña Ana County Treasurer Jim Schoonover, a Republican, is collecting signatures to run for state treasurer.

Schoonover is the only Republican known to be planning to run against Democrat James Lewis this year. The state Republican Party’s spokeswoman said the GOP is excited about Schoonover’s candidacy.

“We believe Jim’s going to be a strong candidate and are excited that he’s going to be jumping into the race,” she said.

Reached by phone, Schoonover said he would be ready to talk about his candidacy “in a couple of days.”

Schoonover served one term as county treasurer but lost his re-election bid in 2008 to Democrat David Gutierrez.

Schoonover’s tenure was not without controversy. The county commission voted 4-1 in 2007 to formally reprimand him for illegally using county staff and equipment to benefit the Elks Lodge and other issues. The commission also demanded that he reimburse the county $1,500.

He also came under fire for purchasing 2,300 pencils with $700 in public money that were similar to his campaign  materials – money he later repaid to the county.

And after questions were raised about county investments, the commission created an investment committee to keep a closer eye on the treasurer’s office.

7 thoughts on “Former Doña Ana County official running for state treasurer

  1. Jim is an honest, hardworking and dedicated Christian family man. I have been a member of his church for the past five years and have witnessed first-hand his faith in action.

  2. “JIm is a good and decent servant. He is educated and fiscally responsible. I think he is honest and a man of integrity. He has a lot of experience and I will give him my support.”

    Yes, but is he a good Christian man?

  3. Hemingway –

    Another witch hunt! How many Dona Ana county officials have been slapped with serious offenses over the years? I can count several!

  4. Jim is a good and decent servant. He is educated and fiscally responsible. I think he is honest and a man of integrity. He has a lot of experience and I will give him my support.

  5. Though Jim Schoonover’s tenure as Dona Ana County Treasurer was choppy the end result was overwhelmingly positive.

    Firstly, the investment performance was critical. Before Schoonover, all deposit and investment accounts were collateralized at only 50%, don’t forget FDIC insurance only covered up to $100,000 now $250,000, far less than the tens of millions in the accounts. Schoonover moved our tax dollars to accounts and banks that would collateralize at 102% ensuring all the money is safe. This movement of money decreased the profits of some bankers, leading to the attacks that followed.

    The pencils, a comical continuation of the political attacks started over investments. Look at our other politicians that pass out pencils and pens at their offices and community events. Susana Martinez, district attorney, has personally handed me several of her Susana Martinez pens at various events. Therefore it is clearly just a political attack and not a legal issue.

    I would be happy to see a good business man in charge of our state tax dollars instead of the corrupt politicians we have had to put up with recently.

    Alexander

  6. Is this the same guy who was accused of purchasing 2,300 pencils with $700 in public money that were similar to his campaign materials for running for Dona Ana County Treasurer? Now he is running for a state office. I guess he will need for pencils.

    Also wasn’t he accused of violating numerous state statutes and county ordinances following months of investigation by the county’s internal auditor, audit advisory committee and an independent law firm?

    Just asking!