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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 11:47 pm, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

The pool of potential candidates to become the next mayor of Santa Fe continues to grow deeper. Former state Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales said Thursday that he’s getting more serious about seeking the job.

“I’m deeply committed to my hometown,” said Gonzales, a former Santa Fe County commissioner. “And really, where I am at right now is visiting with a lot of people from Santa Fe and listening to their ideas about what needs to be addressed by the next mayor. I think it’s important to have that conversation with people throughout the city before I make a final commitment, but it’s a place that I’m focusing on right now and strongly considering.”

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13 comments:

  • John Parker posted at 7:56 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    Mr. Knolls, that is a bit of a leap. The reality is, every candidate in this field has issues that can be spun negatively. This campaign is in its infancy. Time will tell who the best candidate is. From the outset it looks like a two horse race. Roman and Patti. Patti has the name recognition, but her record as a City Councillor may be an issue. It can be said that, since she has been on council for such a long tenure, she is as responsible as anybody for the current state of the City. It just depends on how happy people are with the current direction of the City.

    Roman has proven to be an effective administrator. He is the only candidate in the field with hands on experience in managing a local government organization, and he has earned a lot of good will with his work at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe. Roman's issue is that he's a manager, not a politician. It remains to be seen if can put together a campaign that will convince the voters that he's the man for the job, and if he can muster the nerve and ruthlessness to survive a campaign of this magnitude.

     
  • Max Heisenberg posted at 7:24 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    Uh I believe that case IS going to trial and the parties who were actually believed to be involved by law enforcement are being tried. I recall reading numerous stories in the New Mexican regarding the Advantage Asphalt case where law enforcement has been quoted repeatedly as saying Roman Abeyta had no involvement. This cool new website the New Mexican put together has a fancy 'search' bar, all you gotta do is type in 'advantage asphalt' to catch up on the case and soak in all the info the New Mexican has printed regarding such. [wink]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:08 am on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    "Mr. Abeyta was found not to have any knowledge or be involved with either of these."

    Not being indited by a grand jury isn't proof of innocence, it's just proof that the state couldn't muster enough evidence to go to trial. Al Capone was never indicted on anything but tax evasion, but that doesn't prove that he wasn't a notorious gangster and mafia boss.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:04 am on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    [thumbup]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:02 am on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    Josina Campos looks less crazy every day.

    Who will throw their hat in the ring next, maybe former State Treasurer Robert Vigil. or maybe Manny Aragon?

     
  • Carol Miller posted at 11:10 am on Sun, Jul 21, 2013.

    Carol Miller Posts: 1

    This is the perfect election for ranked choice voting which will assure that whoever wins, they will receive the votes of more than 50% of the voters. Otherwise someone can "win" with a small percentage of voter support and the majority voting for other candidates.

     
  • Max Heisenberg posted at 4:31 pm on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    Sounds like we have ourselves a toady in here...Ribbit, Ribbit [beam]

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 8:44 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Thats cleverJohnFranco and apologies to Mr.Montoya. The burden of proof for your accusations still applies and that you have failed to address my questions shows that there is no proof and that you are just another faceless mudslinger in the crowd. I believe you are a "toady" for one of the candidates and my days are always nice.

     
  • John Franco posted at 6:55 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    I think you hit the nail on the head, " didn't have any knowledge" have a nice day!

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Should have said Montoya, not Franco

     
  • Jeff Lebowski posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    El Duderino Posts: 25

    Hmm, where to start. You should be glad that the New Mexican is so lax with what they allow to be posted. And you should be glad that libel is hard to prove.

    You said "I mean with the advantage asphalt scandal, the Borrego ranch scandal"

    Mr. Abeyta was found not to have any knowledge or be involved with either of these. If you were a gentleman you would retract the accusation. But we can see from your accusation laden post that you aren’t.

    He testified before a grand Jury I believe and found not to have any involvement.

    You said “half his relatives were employed in the county HR department".
    Hmm, don't think it’s relevant if it is true. And can you offer substation of your statement? Sounds like wind friend.

    You said “his looking the other way hoping the fuel spill on the court house construction site would just evaporate”

    Once again, proof?

    So what we basically what have here are a bunch of unfounded allegations.
    Whom do you support Mr. Franco?

    Any family members of yours ever do anything stupid? Would or should you be held accountable?

    How about a little disclosure. You sound like you have an agenda..

     
  • John Franco posted at 8:52 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    I think Roman would be great! I mean with the advantage asphalt scandal, the Borrego ranch scandal, his relative forging county documents while half his relatives were employed in the county HR department, and his looking the other way hoping the fuel spill on the court house construction site would just evaporate, he should fit in just perfect at the City!

     
  • Joe Montoya posted at 7:04 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 60

    The more candidates the merrier! At this point and juncture Roman Abeyta in my opinion is by far the most qualified candidate to hold the position of Mayor. His qualifications for the position are superb! Hope the majority of the citizens will align for Roman.

     
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