Love for Santa Fe courses through veins of native Arellano

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 8:51 am, Mon Jan 27, 2014.

To Joe Arellano, Santa Fe is more than a star on a map or the city around him. It’s an amorphous spirit that pulses deep inside him. It’s home.

Arellano is running for City Council on a simple theme: Santa Fe is where he has lived all his life.

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  • Eilani Gerstner posted at 4:38 pm on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    EG Posts: 3

    Joe is running on the promise to represent all Santa Feans, whether they have been here their entire lives or just moved here last month. He wants the City Council to focus on City issues that affect our citizens.

    Being a “native” Santa Fean is part of Joe's background, not part of his platform as this article could imply. The article does touch on many aspects of Joe's platform, and I encourage readers to visit his website to learn more: www.joeharellano4district2.com .

    The reason Joe said the definition of a “native Santa Fean” is an “issue” in this race is because one of Joe's opponents is presenting himself as a “native Santa Fean” to try to appeal to voters who think that is important. Although this opponent was born in Santa Fe, he did not grow up here and he has only recently moved here.

    I personally feel it is important for someone to live in a community for a significant amount of time before running for office as a representative of that community. Of course it is also important to look at all of a candidate's qualifications.

    Please keep your eye out for Joe's “My View” column that will be printed in The New Mexican soon so you can hear the words straight from Joe.

    You can also come meet Joe on February 21st at 5:30 pm at the Elks Lodge. Please RSVP if you plan to come by: 505-469-2086.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 3:43 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Or maybe he worked in the same "Company" Miller worked for. Never end the sentence a preposition with.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:57 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Right, according to this story, Joe Arellano obviously leaves Santa Fe occasionally on trips of some sort. So, according to Joe's own rules on qualifying as a native of Santa Fe, how long a trip away from here can one go on before one is no longer a "real" native?

    Or is it maybe that Joe is just trippin'?


  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:31 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    So Pierce, on these trips, where was the guy returning from? What was he doing there? ... just asking.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:23 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    The Carl Miller connection is the most important sentence in the story.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:00 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    "A native Santa Fean is not someone who was born somewhere else and transferred here, or was born here and raised in another city then came back here. I just want to make sure that is one of the issues."

    My, how charmingly xenophobic.

  • Staci Benni posted at 1:22 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    I think it takes alot of courage to run for public office so I thank all the candidates. Mr. Arellano is passionate and articulate. I am concerned about his constant emphasis on public schools which the city has limited imput into. I am concerned about unrealistic and expensive solutions such as building a bridge at the Zia and St Francis intersection to accomodate traffic turning N onto St Francis from Zia at 8AM. l am concerned that Mr Arellano's extensive family and their businesses will lead to many conflicts of interest that will force him to recuse himself. Lastly I am tired of candidates who sound racist and fuel division by insisting that being a "native " is a qualification for running for office.

  • Jeff E Green posted at 9:26 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    I appreciate the energy and experience that Mr. Arellano brings to this race, but I agree with him that there is no "alliance" between us. I also exchanged $5 qualifying contributions to Acton and Bonney and offered the $5 to Maestas back to September, although he declined to accept. One of the great parts of being a candidate in District 2 has been the truly gracious and friendly spirit that I feel most of us have demonstrated on the campaign trail, including Mr. Arellano.

  • El Cie Vigil posted at 6:18 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    El Cie Vigil Posts: 10

    I've known Joe and his family nearly my entire life. We started first grade at a small school together and continued as classmates through high school. He's very smart, fair, humble, shows good judgment, and has a good heart. He's the kind of guy that anyone would be proud to have as a father, uncle, brother, and city councillor. Go Joe!! So proud that you're running!


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