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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:55 pm | Updated: 6:17 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.

Javier Gonzales handily won the job of Santa Fe mayor for the next four years, rolling up margins throughout the city over his two opponents Tuesday.

Gonzales, a 47-year-old vice president of a commercial real estate firm, was helped by business and political contacts built up over a career that started two decades ago as a county commissioner and most recently as chairman of the state Democratic Party. He also ran a sophisticated campaign that included more than 70 house parties and eight community conversations that drew huge crowds.

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30 comments:

  • Jeff E Green posted at 11:00 pm on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    Daniel, your thinking is timid and lazy. Former Green Party of NM chair Tom Knoblauch wrote in SFNM a few months ago,

    "RCV allows the entire contest to be decided in a single election when the most voters will be voting anyway The RCV process would require only one machine, which could be rented for the occasion. If the need for RCV is triggered the ballots can be fed into one machine at the City Clerk's office. The process would take several hours versus the cost of holding a whole new citywide delayed run-off election and waiting six weeks for the result. The excuse has been the NM Secretary of State needs to approve these machines and most particularly the required software. Another excuse has been the county needs to supply the machine. As a home rule city we might be able to go around these perceived but not quite accurate restrictions. The ability to do this was cleared by the legislature and reviewed by the New Mexico Attorney General prior to passage. The former city attorney, Frank Katz, certified RCV as constitutionally appropriate before it was placed on the charter revision referendum ballot in 2008."

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 10:26 pm on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    Congratulations to Javier Gonzales!

    As the transition moves forward, please know that there is huge support for Ronald S. Trujillo from District 4 to be Santa Fe's next Mayor Pro Tem.

    After winning 100% of the vote in two straight elections, Ron Trujillo is the most unifying person to be Santa Fe's next "assistant mayor." No one else has the broad base of popular support that Ron has generated since he was first elected to City Council in 2006.

    The city needs a representative from the Southside to fill our Mayor Pro Tem position and help bridge the inequality that exists in Santa Fe. Ron Trujillo is the best choice for the job. Please 'like' and share this page if you agree! #all4ron

    www.facebook.com/all4rontrujillo

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Similar results in District 3, where more people turned out and voted against Carmichael Dominguez than voted for him, so it's possible that IRV would have given us different results there, too.

    Not a lawyer, sorry.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:11 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    "1-...I don't like it either, but there's nothing that can stop it..." - Right, sure you don't like it, unless your candidate is the beneficiary, apparently. When it's your candidate that benefits, you call folks concerned about unfair outside spending "a bunch of sore losers. and big giant losers."

    "2- i was mostly just talking about disinformation..." - Ah, so disagreeing with you is now "disinformation" that merits therapy. I see.

    "3- for every person that votes, there are plenty that feel the same way that didn't." - Clearly that's not true. If they felt the same way as voters, then they would have been motivated to go vote for one of the candidates.

    "4- I was on the charter review commission..." - So it's all your fault?

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 7:25 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    I agree it's a scandal and shame that Instant Runoff Voting has not been implemented by the city after the people turned out in strong numbers to vote for it. Therefore we now get a mayor elected with less than majority (50.1+%) support and in District 2 the "winning" candidate was OPPOSED by 66% of the populace. It's very likely we would have seen a different result in District 2 with IRV ... The people have been disenfranchised and a lawsuit against the city should be on the table. Pierce, you're not a lawyer, are ya? [cool]

     
  • simon brackley posted at 5:03 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    ChamberSimon Posts: 28

    [thumbup]

     
  • Daniel Werwath posted at 4:08 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    1- its not support, its reporting out the facts man, I don't like it either, but there's nothing that can stop it either.

    2- i was mostly just talking about disinformation, see previous #4, and anti immigrant bashing, that's not just pointed at you Pierce.

    3- for every person that votes, there are plenty that feel the same way that didn't. its called a representative sample.

    4- I was on the charter review commission, that quote mischaracterizes the situation completely. I actually know the facts cause I did the research. There are no approved machines. when there are, we are at the mercy of the county because we use their machines. I would love to see ranked choice implemented, i voted for it, as did an overwhelming number of other santa feans. its not just as simple as Coss doesn't want to do it. please.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Sometimes I think it would be nice if we could just require people to vote, period. But considering the state of Santa Fe's public schools, and the quality of voters they turn out, maybe that's not such a good idea.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:22 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Pierce, do you know what a "bullet vote" is?
    Back when all Councilors ran at-large, each voter could vote for four candidate each election. Candidates (usually the winning ones) told their supporters not to use the other three vote and only vote for them ... a "bullet vote"
    Are you going to REQUIRE people to "rank" their choice?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:47 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    More people voted for Ranked Choice Voting in 2008 than voted for Javier Gonzales in 2014.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:41 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    "1- it is legal in America for PACs to participate in elections. PACs will support whoever they think is best." - I'm sure ALEC and the Koch brothers appreciate your support.

    "2- your factually inaccurate, at times racist, ranting in the NewMex comment section is not doing anything ...get a therapist." - So now speaking publicly against a poorly written charter amendment, or against a particular political candidate with suspicious financial support is racist and merits professional mental healthcare? Or is it just publicly disagreeing with Daniel Werwath that is racist and merits therapy?

    "3- there is a large group of engaged people that want to make this community stronger..." - Well, if you're talking about the 7,369 people who voted for Javier, they're just 8.9% of the population of Santa Fe. It's insulting of you to insinuate that the other 91.1% of Santa Feans aren't also concerned about the future of our community, our youth, and our economy. I don't think the rest of us need to stand by and do nothing for the next four years without the permission of Javier's voters.

    "4- Coss didn't stall ranked choice voting..." - According to the story on RCV that the New Mexican ran, Coss specifically said "he’s planning to ignore the issue 'for at least seven months.'” Coss went on to say "The last thing I would do is go out and buy new voting machines so that we can do ranked-choice voting..." He's had nothing but contempt for the voters.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:09 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Here's what Coss said about it last August: "The last thing I would do is go out and buy new voting machines so that we can do ranked-choice voting because two people in the Green Party want it.” Maybe you think it's just a coincidence that Mayor Coss' personally endorsed successor is the beneficiary of Coss' failure to act on ranked choice voting, but I don't.

    [wink]

     
  • Daniel Werwath posted at 11:50 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    have you ever considered moving to Arizona? they love your type of bigotry and xenophobia over there.

     
  • Daniel Werwath posted at 11:44 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    ranked choice voting hasn't been implemented because there are no ranked choice-capable voting machines approved by the secretary of the state. the city also uses the county's machines, so after one is approved, the county will need to buy the new machines (not cheap). no conspiracy here (once again, just your usual misinformation.

     
  • Daniel Werwath posted at 11:18 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    what a bunch of sore losers. and big giant losers you are: Javier is mayor elect, and the full-time mayor charter amendment passed. wow. just a stunning defeat for close-minded trolling.

    1- it is legal in america for pacs to participate in elections. pacs will support whoever they think is best. we could do better with public finance, like open up fundraising limits for other candidates to raise outside money to match pac funds. but until national legislation overturns citizen's united, its going to just mean more tears in your beers if you think there is a way to get money (which the supreme court has called "speech") out of politics. sorry fellas.

    2- your factually inaccurate, at times racist, ranting in the NewMex comment section is not doing anything for anyone but yourselves. get a therapist. and try and do something positive, like, say increase voter turnout in district 3 (yeah you Cove, less poems for outgoing elected's and more actual community work).

    3- there is a large group of engaged people that want to make this community stronger, more accepting for younger people, and more economically healthy. please try and stay out of our way.

    4- Coss didn't stall ranked choice voting, there are no ranked-choice capable voting machines approved by the secretary of the state. that's the roadblock. maybe spend less time ranting on here, and just a little bit of energy actually educating yourselves.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 11:13 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    [thumbup] Much worse in District 2 where 2,907 people voted against the "winning" candidate who received merely 1,498 votes. A travesty of "democracy" and precisely what IRV was supposed to prevent.

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 135

    [thumbup]

     
  • Alfred Padilla posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    [thumbup][smile]

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 9:00 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 192

    But another example of MONEY IN POLITICS; only on a Santa Fe scale and reflective of what is happening nationally; i.e. "buying" politicians. And we wonder why the people's needs and voice is not being heard locally or nationally ! On the other hand do wish the victors well and hope they manage to live up to some of the things "promised" like paying attention to environmental issues like our drinking Water
    and maybe even a STATE BANK ! The Hour is late!

     
  • Jorge Negrete posted at 8:34 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Jorge Negrete Posts: 14

    Talk about getting beaten handily. Javier beat both opponents by almost double when compared one against the other. Ranked choice wouldn't have helped, over 7000 people rated Javier number one, only 4000+ rated the other candidates number one. I'm guessing that a lot of Dimas voters would have probably voted Javier #2 only making Patti's loss worse. I'm one of those shadowy power brokers...a person who actually votes. I also tell people I meet why I vote that way.

    Poor Patti, I guess she forgot about her wanting those lousy speed vans out her area and shoved to the southside away from her constituents. Maybe that is why she had such a lousy showing in southside. Another reason she failed miserably, is due to her knee jerk magazine ban proposal. There were a lot of gun owners alienated by her actions there. Those were only a couple arrows in my quiver. Funny how things you say can sometimes bite you in the como se llama!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 7:54 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    So 9,647 people voted for someone other than Javier Gonzales for mayor, and only 7,369 voted for him? That explains why Mayor Coss was against implementing the voter mandated instant run-off voting. Just as I predicted, the lack of ranked choice voting may have helped the shadowy power-brokers who run Santa Fe get Javier, their anointed replacement for Coss, into the mayor's office.

    Remember over the next four years, most mayoral voters voted against the guy who won the office.

    [sad]

     
  • Joe Montoya posted at 7:48 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 79

    To the victor belong the spoils. Amen!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 7:48 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    Why would a Gonzales victory shut me up? I predicted he'd win all along, 'cause the unions and PACs bought this election and made a mockery of public campaign financing. When one candidate outspends his publicly financed opponents better than two-to-one, the outcome of this elections was never really in doubt, because campaign spending influences voters and can change elections.

    When you've got shadowy supporters spending big union and PAC cash to buy you an election, then of course you win.

    [wink]

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 7:37 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    1/3 of 29% of the registered voters = 9% winner.
    Democracy is Dead ... but Good Luck winners.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:00 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 222

    Since the Mayoral race is now history, let's give this new Mayor Javier Gonzales a chance to prove himself to his constituents. Secondly, (Bushee and Dimas) need to get on board and work as a collective unit in the best interests of ALL Santa Fe. Surely, the city has many important issues to deal with that needs to be seriously addressed (i.e., public safety, water issues, social/economic, education, etc.), Lastly, the Mayor-Elect Gonzales needs to stay focus and not get caught up with the drama of sour milk that usually spills out during the city council meetings. Leadership by example, I say.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 6:40 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 878

    We are still waiting for Coss to deliver on that 4000 job promise, and not the 4000 jobs illegals were able to find, while getting paid under the table.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 6:34 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 878

    I doubt that he has to quiet down.

     
  • Casandra Villa posted at 6:10 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    AzulZephyrs Posts: 9

    Win or lose these candidates better get past their own politics and work together. We all deserve more professionalism and cooperation in those who hold office. Less sour grapes more unity and conscientious action please!
    Btw this story never actually mentioned what mayoral powers were boosted by voters. ?

     
  • Lawrence Davis posted at 11:41 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    LDavis Posts: 1

    Que Viva Javier!!! You are a born leader and have the heart of a true Santa Fe Native. Your energizing demeanor, intricate knowledge of Santa Fe’s cultural and business environments, and innovative foresight will lead the State’s Capitol with distinguished governance. Congrats Javier!

     
  • John Leland posted at 11:02 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Congrats to Javier. Now Pierce Knolls can quiet himself and live with it.

     

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