VIDEO: Santa Fe mayoral debate gets heated

Santa Fe’s mayoral race is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested in 2014. Our November poll showed Santa Feans fired up for candidates who were committed to protecting the city’s limited clean water, stand up for labor rights and stand by the city’s minimum wage. Fast forward to January and City Councilor Patti Bushee faced off with former-Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales in a standing-room-only crowd at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design for the ProgressNowNM/Santa Fe Reporter 2014 Mayoral Debate. The third candidate on the ballot, councilor Bill Dimas was invited but declined in all candidate forums during this election. In a new twist to city debates, candidates were given fifteen minutes to ask each other a series of questions.  As the SF Reporter’s Joey Peters noted, the debate got a little heated as moderators Julie Ann Grimm (@SantaFeReporter) and Julia Goldberg (@votergirl) and the candidates touched on marijuana legalization, municipal power proposals and clean energy for the City Different.