Santa Fe Municipal Elections – Voter Guide

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2014  Progressive Voter Guide

-Santa Fe Municipal Elections Edition-

Voters in Santa Fe will soon elect a new mayor and three new city councilors. We were honored to co-host a Mayoral Candidates Debate with the Santa Fe Reporter, but we aren’t stopping there!

We know that civic engagement is as important to you as it is to all of us at ProgressNow New Mexico. We want to help ensure that you go into the voter booth completely informed on each candidate; that’s why we compiled all of the public endorsements from progressive organizations each candidate has received in this voter guide. We also asked each candidate to give us a short message from them to share with you, the voters.

 

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The icons in each candidate’s profile indicate the type of group endorsing the candidate. Specific organization names are listed in the description.

We’ll update the guide as candidates report more endorsements to us.  Be sure to check back before you vote!

*Each statement has been provided by the candidate or their campaign. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot. ProgressNow New Mexico does not endorse candidates.

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Mayor

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Bill Dimas

Bill Dimas is endorsed by the Santa Fe Police Officers Association, The NM Coalition of Public Safety Officers/Santa Fe County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Santa Fe Lodge #3, Fraternal Order of Police, New Mexico State Lodge.

Message from Bill Dimas:

Mr. Dimas did not respond to our request for a statement to voters.

 

 


 

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Patti J. Bushee

Bushee has been endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2059.

Message from Patti Bushee: “In my 20 years on City Council, I’ve earned a reputation as an independent, progressive leader who listens to her constituents and knows how to solve problems. As your Mayor, I will continue to fight for a better quality of life, planned, sustainable growth, higher wages and a vibrant economy, while keeping a sharp eye out for wasteful spending that cheats the taxpayer.”

 


 

 
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Javier M. Gonzales

Javier Gonzales has been endorsed by the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council, Sierra Club, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, IATSE Local 480 and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Message from Javier Gonzales: “We all love Santa Fe, this very special place we call home. We are facing some very serious threats in protecting our water and environment, improving our schools, and creating well-paying jobs. To be a strong community, we need to face these threats directly, draw people together to collaborate on the best solutions, and work with all our neighbors in the region.”

 


 

City of Santa Fe Council District 1 Candidates

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Signe I. Lindell

Signe Lindell has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, IAFF, Santa Fe Association of Police Officers and the Sierra Club.

Message from Signe Lindell: I’ve been a successful small business owner. I have an unblemished public record. I know how to set goals and evaluate programs. I have a thorough understanding of affordable housing combined with seven and a half years on the Planning Commission. I spent nearly 3 years helping rewrite the land use code.  I have the knowledge, skills and experience to work with other City Councilors.  I know the process and how to get things done.  I will promote transparency every step of the way and be accessible to District 1 and to all the citizens of Santa Fe. I will work to make sure you get full value for your tax dollars.

 

 

 

 


 

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Michael J. Segura

Michael Segura’s earlier endorsement by the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council has been rescinded.

Message from Michael Segura: “In this race you will find that on most of the issues we are pretty similar except for two of them that are what I consider the most important. I firmly believe that money in politics is ruining the democratic process in this country, there for, unlike my opponent I chose to set an example by choosing public financing over private financing. The second is that I have a vested interest in the future of this city, my children, I have five children and one grandchild. I am running to give them a future here in Santa Fe.”


 

City of Santa Fe Council District 2 Candidates

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Joe H. Arellano

Joe Arellano reported no endorsements.

Message from Joe Arellano: “It’s important to create a united City Council and Mayor to provide better local government for the citizens. Let’s get back to the basics: addressing the concerns of our citizens in a prompt and professional manner. We need to address concerns such as high traffic areas, working with the public schools to increase the graduation rate, increasing the living wage, and increasing the City’s reliance on clean energy. Santa Fe is beautiful – let’s make it more beautiful.”

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Joseph M. Maestas

Joseph M. Maestas has been endorsed by Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council, Sierra Club, United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 412, and the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council.

Message from Joseph Maestas: “I am a native of Santa Fe, a problem-solving engineer with almost 40 years of public service, and a publicly-financed candidate eager to apply my experience, leadership, and skills for the people of District 2 as their next city councilor. If elected, my plan is to work hard to help usher in a new frontier in water management and place Santa Fe at the forefront of sustainability. As a former mayor, I understand the importance of a strong economy and I will work to create good – paying jobs, diversify our economy, and strengthen existing businesses and economic assets.”

 


 

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Mary Louise Bonney

Mary Louise Bonney has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Message from Mary Louise Bonney: “As a mother, the future of Santa Fe is most important to me, for my child and all children. I fully support equality for each person, be it for their jobs, their homes or their personal choices – every person is unique and deserves the full support and respect of their community.”

 

 

 


 

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Rad Acton

Rad Acton has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Message from Rad Acton: “The ‘vision with respect’ that I pledge to bring to City Council, extends from my former service as President of the Canyon Neighborhood Assoc., Vice President of the Old Santa Fe Assoc., member of the City’s Historic Districts Review Board, and Co-Chair of the Atalaya School/Community Task Force, all which have equipped me with an appreciation for the value of collaborative community processes as a key to addressing the special challenges and opportunities coming before our many diverse and unique neighborhoods.This, combined with my 30 years of experience as an architect living in District 2, has instilled in me the ability to achieve creative ‘win-win’ solutions to our City’s many complex problems. They are, indeed, challenges we must face together, as a community of passionate, resourceful and talented people.”

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Jeff E. Green

Jeff Green did not report any endorsements.

Message from Jeff Green: “Jeff Ethan Green is a 34 year-old educator, environmentalist, community activist, and engaged citizen with a vision for a healthier, wealthier, and greener Santa Fe. As the recipient of a 2013 Sustainable Santa Fe award for local environmental advocacy and a graduate from the nationally renowned Democracy School training program in community rights empowerment, Green is District 2’s most progressive, grassroots and environmentally dedicated and forward-thinking candidate for City Council in this 2014 municipal election.”

 

 

 

 


 

City of Santa Fe Council District 3 Candidates

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Carmichael A. Dominguez

Carmichael Dominguez is the incumbent city councilor. He is endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Message from Carmichael Dominguez: “I am proud to represent my friends and neighbors in district 3 . Together we have accomplished much -and together much more will be done. When south-side residents drive through our community today they see the many improvements and positive changes-and this is in stark comparison to the same drive they would have taken even a couple of years ago.”

 

 

 

 


 

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Angelo Jaramillo

Angelo Jaramillo did not report any endorsements.

Message from Angelo Jaramillo: “Because we have been ignored, neglected, and exploited for nearly ten years to date, now more than ever the Southside of town is in dire need of true progress supported by real progressive politics. As a graduate of Capital High School, Highlands University, employee of the Public Education Department – including oversight of three essential after-school programs on the Southside – Angelo Jaramillo is the only progressive choice for the Southside residents and the city of Santa Fe that is willing to give back to his community without taking advantage of the working people. By providing youth centers, senior services, local health clinics, strengthening small businesses and non-profits, strengthening our public education system and local schools, stimulating local economy, making neighborhoods safe, and creating more citywide opportunities for affordable housing for low-income and working families, Angelo will protect and fight for the rights of residents living on the most neglected side of the City of Santa Fe.”

 

 


 

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Marie Campos

Marie Campos has been endorsed by the Justice Party, New Mexico.

Message from Marie Campos: “Voters rule! With me, your vote is a voice for youth/families, home burglary prevention, jobs, a healthy city infrastructure, parks/trails, healing/creative arts/culture, and requiring honesty in city hall. Imagine a beautifully clean Santa Fe, in which social, economic, and environmental justice rules.” – Marie Campos, Democrat, Ballot Position 3, District 3

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City of Santa Fe Council District 4 Candidates

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Ronald S. Trujillo

Ronald S. Trujillo is the incumbent city councilor. He has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3999

Message from Ronald Trujillo: “During my 8 years on the council I have advocated for locals, and will continue to do so. Our locals are the driving force which makes Santa Fe so inviting to people from all around the world. I will advocate that the city build a south side Senior and Teen Center within these next 4 years in order to better serve the growing demand of those groups in District 4 and the city.”

 

 

 

 


 

Proposed Charter Amendments

CHARTER AMENDMENT 1 Water Protection and Conservation

Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article II, Section 2.03, to include in the environmental protection policy statement a provision that would mandate the governing body to protect, preserve and enhance the city’s water resources through regulation, conservation and relating development to water availability.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 2 Neighborhood Preservation

Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article II, Section 2.04, to establish a policy on neighborhood preservation.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 3 Support for Local Business, the Local Economy and a Living Wage for All

Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article II, to create a new Section 2.07 to establish a policy in support of local business, an enduring local entrepreneurial spirit and the rights of all to earn a living wage.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 4 Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission

Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article VI, Section 6.03, to include the establishment of an independent citizens’ redistricting commission who shall review and revise district boundaries at least every ten years following the decennial census and requiring that the governing body adopt an ordinance to establish a procedure for the appointment and deliberations of the commission.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 5 Campaign Contribution Limits

Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article IV, to create a new Section 4.07, to mandate that the governing body shall have an ordinance that limits the amount of campaign contributions that can be accepted by candidates.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 6 Timely Disclosure of the Purpose of Tax Increases or Bond MeasuresProposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article IV, to create a new Section 4.08, to mandate that the governing body shall have an ordinance that ensures that the city shall provide and disseminate in a timely manner the purposes of proposed expenditures for any tax increase or bond measure that requires ratification by the voters.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 7 Independent Audit CommitteeProposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article IX, to create a new Section 9.04, to mandate that the governing body shall have an ordinance that establishes an independent audit committee.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 8 Mayor’s Voting PowersProposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Article V, Section 5.01, to allow the mayor to have a vote on all matters that come before the governing body.

Effective Date: May 5, 2014

CHARTER AMENDMENT 9 Governance: Full-time Mayor; Regulating the Relationships Between the Mayor, the City Councilors and the City Manager and Defining the Authority of Each.

The City of Santa Fe has a 80,000 residents, 1,500 employees and a $320 million budget – but only a part-time mayor.  Business leaders, good government advocates, leading candidates for mayor and Mayor David Coss all urge you to support Amendment 9 for a full-time mayor for Santa Fe

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Proposing to amend the Santa Fe Municipal Charter, Articles V, VI and VIII to: • Establish mayor as a full-time position whose salary shall be set by an independent salary commission to be established by city ordinance. Until such commission is created and sets the salary for mayor, the mayor’s salary shall be $74,000; • Give the mayor supervisory authority over the city manager, city attorney and city clerk and the authority to suspend and fire the city manager, city attorney and city clerk, without council approval; • Allow the city manager to be removed by a vote of six councilors at a regularly scheduled meeting; • Remove language that requires the mayor to perform other duties compatible with the nature of the office, as the governing body may from time to time require; • Require the mayor to work with city staff to prepare an annual budget for review and approval by the finance committee and the governing body; • Require the mayor to identify his/her legislative agenda for each upcoming year and require the governing body to consider and take action on the mayor’s legislative agenda; • Require that the city manager have the necessary administrative and managerial skills to manage the municipality and have the authority to hire and fire all city employees, except for the city attorney and city clerk;

Effective Date: March 12, 2018

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