NM Secretary of State to address Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

photo of Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9 at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 The 25 Way). Toulouse Oliver will discuss current activities in her office and changes that are coming for the election process in New Mexico as a result of amendments made during the last legislative session to election statutes.

Toulouse Oliver was elected to the position of Secretary of State in 2016. She is focused on providing increased transparency in financial disclosure and campaign finance reporting, modernizing the online campaign finance system. Toulouse Oliver is working to modernize the online campaign finance system, and encouraging New Mexicans to get registered and vote. She advocates for good government and stronger ethics legislation.

Toulouse Oliver is a lifelong New Mexico resident and has served as the Bernalillo County Clerk from 2007 to 2016. She attended Albuquerque Public Schools and earned both we B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Currently living in Santa Fe, she is the proud mother of two sons.

APWF Press Women and Friends meet monthly on the second Monday of the month. Anyone is welcome at meetings, but non-members will be charged an additional $5. Attendees order individual meals directly from the menu. APWF focuses on a wide variety of communication opportunities and welcomes everyone working in the field.

Witness to History -Eddie Hughes discusses the Dallas Morning News and the Kennedy Assassination

Eddie Hughes with photo of himself as a younger man

Eddie Hughes

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends look back in history this month as Eddie Hughes, reporter/photographer for the Dallas Morning News talks about what it was like to cover one of the most important events of the 20th century. APWF meet in Monday, Nov.11 at 11:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe (4316 The 25 Way).

Hughes is still busy writing and editing a weekly newsletter for his Del Norte Rotary Club in Albuquerque. He was a young reporter working in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated there in 1963. He covered the assassination and the burial of Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin a few days later. He will discuss what he saw and wrote about for the Dallas Morning News.

Hughes has had a busy and varied career. He served 12 years in the Texas Army National Guard, where he rose to become a Master Sergeant. He spent 8 years as a free-lancer, writing and editing travel magazines in New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. He had a 25-year career as a public relations manager with Southwestern Bell, and retired in 1990.

This should be one of our most interesting programs and we encourage everyone to attend. APWF Press Women and Friends meet monthly on the second Monday. Anyone is welcome at meetings, but non-members will be charged an additional $5. Attendees order individual meals directly from the menu. APWF focuses on a wide variety of communication opportunities and welcomes anyone working in the field.

Executive Director of Police Oversight Board to Speak to APWF

Edward Harness

Edward Harness, Executive Director of Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday, October 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe (4316 The 25 Way) about the agency and the way it is working. He will also discuss issues of current concern.

Harness is a graduate of Marquette University Law School. Prior to law school, as a City of Milwaukee Police Officer, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Criminal Justice Operations from Concordia University.  He is a native Californian, served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, and a City of Milwaukee Police Officer. Mr. Harness also served seven years as a volunteer Police Commissioner in Wisconsin.

During his 15 years in private practice of law, he was recognized as one of Milwaukee’s Top Rated Attorneys.  His practice areas were Consumer Rights, Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Modifications, and Bankruptcy.  For a time he served on the US Postal Service’s Mediation Panel (REDESS), and was the Director of the Better Business Bureau’s Dispute Resolution Center.

In September 2015 the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board selected him to be the first Executive Director of the CPOA.  He considers himself lucky to have seen and lived many places in the world. Like most he is a frustrated golfer.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends meet monthly on the second Monday. Anyone is welcome at meetings, but non-members will be charged an additional $5. Attendees order individual meals directly from the menu. APWF focuses on a wide variety of communication opportunities.