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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:50 pm | Updated: 7:34 pm, Sat Aug 31, 2013.

At a south-side restaurant crowded with family, friends, supporters and a handful of onlookers, Javier Gonzales, former state Democratic Party chairman and onetime Santa Fe County commissioner, announced Thursday morning that he will run for mayor of Santa Fe.

“We are not a collection of demographics or lifestyles,” said Gonzales, who last week declared on a blog that he is gay. “We’re no longer going to separate ourselves by longevity or geography. We are one city. One community," he told the cheering crowd at Cafe Castro on Cerrillos Road. "We’re proud of our city’s last 400 years, and we’re ready to shape the next 400 years.”

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16 comments:

  • Garland posted at 1:50 pm on Sun, Sep 1, 2013.

    Garland Posts: 2

    Why doesnt either Morty or Carol have the cojones to run for mayor instead of trying to influence city politics in favor of city unions behind the scenes?
    As for Javier Gonzales: I would like him to explain the conflict of interest he had with Karl Sommer ( I believe a cousin) when Javier was head of the Planning Commission and Sommer appeared in front of him several times without revealing the cousin connection or the business dealings. Does this type of deaings engender trust? For me, there is no way I would vote for Javier. He is just another machine politician being pushed down our throats so there can be more lack of transparency and integrity at city hall.

     
  • Meredith Madri posted at 2:20 pm on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 19

    As one of Patti's constituents, I am disappointed. We here in the Railyard district get no attention from her unless it is re-election time, then suddenly she cares... but only until after the election, then all her promises to neighbors go out the window or are promptly forgotten. I won't be voting for Patti again.

     
  • Sabine Strohem posted at 12:42 pm on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 104

    Javier: your sexual orientation will not affect my vote. Your decision to end your marriage will not affect my vote. None of the conjecture here about your private life that borders on slander will affect my vote.
    Your decision to come out before running makes me like you a tad more, but probably won't affect my vote.
    You may get my vote, depending on the other candidates and the issues. Regardless, hope folks will learn to consider your work, rather than make silly assumptions about your private life, though swift boating does seem to be all the rage these days in politics.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:44 pm on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1180

    "Carol and Morty are all about retaining power at City Hall now that Coss is not running."

    Yup, if we want a couple of latte liberal East-coast lawyers running the city for the benefit of their union cronies, vote for Javier. And since we know the unions will bully their membership into turning out and voting for Javier en masse, I think we now know why Coss is happy to see ranked-choice voting sidelined for yet another of these low-turnout March elections; it's the Alcalde's last payback to Morty and Carol.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:05 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1180

    "His other campaign co-chairpersons are Carol Oppenheimer and her husband, lawyer Morty Simon."

    A vote for Javier is a vote for four more years of Oppenheimer and Simon pushing a pro-municipal union agenda down the throats of taxpayers. Where are the 4,000 jobs?

     
  • John Parker posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    What an interesting paradox that Carol, Morty and labor are backing Javier... the businessman. It seems like his record and his business interests are somewhat counter to their agenda. My first thought is that Carol and Morty, who envision themselves as power brokers, sought out the most politically malleable candidate to support. Javier is a career politician; and a rather good one at that. The issue here is that this is a municipal election in a small city. Word spreads quickly, and you can't really disguise your record. People here know him personally, and I'm getting the sense that he does not have a high level of trust. Name recognition will take him far, but in order to win he will have to rebuild the public trust; and quickly.

    Patti has a consistent record to rely on. She has served this community for a long time, and she has earned major goodwill with her advocacy of equal rights. Roman revitalized a floundering Boys and Girls Club. which is one of the most important non-profits for Santa Fe families. That is on top of his experience as County Manager and Deputy City Manager. I believe that this a three horse race. They all have plenty of work to do.

     
  • Raye Byford posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    Rory Posts: 1

    Just another political hack. Most of the candidates couldn't get elected dog catcher in other communities (if they had elections for that).

     
  • John Martinez posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    JMartinezSF Posts: 1

    Javier wonderful news about you running, we have known you and your family for years and were ready to get on board with your campagne, but after reading this story it has come out that Carol Oppenheimer and her husband Morty Simon are going to be your chairpersons.

    Think hard about this decision as Carol and Morty are and have only been about themselves and Unions they don't care about those of us who have local businesses and are striving to work in our communtiy. Carol and Morty are all about retaining power at City Hall now that Coss is not running.

    Javier you are dear to our family, but knowing that these two will be working for you means that me and my family which number over 100 with brother's, uncles, aunts, cousins will have to find a candidate that will think about the city has a whole and not just cater to one segment as has been in the past at the City with Coss and Unions.

    We always wish yo the best Javier, but Carol and Morty are a liabilty to your campagne. I hope you see this and take these words seriously you are a good man, but don't surround yourself with people who are only intersted in thier own agenda.

    Best of luck Javier.

     
  • ChristineMtz posted at 5:45 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Wow, talk about judgemental! Unless you have been in the situation you have no idea! I have many Hispanic male friends who have thought they could be gay and it has been the biggest struggle of their lives. In a Catholic, Hispanic family where traditions are instilled from childhood, you are afraid to disappoint your parents and deny any feelings that arise for many years. Yes, you marry thinking you can deny the feelings, have children as is expected and continue for years to live untrue to yourself.

    I have many friends who have come out in their fifties and sixties after their children are grown and they finally realize that it is okay for them to live the life they were intended to live. Is it sad, yes! Is it understandable, yes, we all do things to please our parents, family expectations, etc. Unless you have never done the same, I would not be so quick to judge!

     
  • Lalo Montalvo posted at 7:49 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Lalo Montalvo Posts: 15

    Look, I take issue with the presumption of infidelity (and risky behavior) due to his sexual orientation, and that is all conjecture unless someone here has first hand knowledge. To be fair, let's also express our concern about all the accounts of heterosexual infidelity reported in this newspaper and the risk of "disease" to those affected parties. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-whistle_politics

    I read the same public announcement everyone else did, and it sounds like Gonzales has the support of his family, his children and his long time friends. So he is divorced, who cares? And it's a two way street—what if he feels like his ex wasted twenty of his years trying to make her happy?

     
  • Lalo Montalvo posted at 4:21 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Lalo Montalvo Posts: 15

    It's sad to see this back and forth of conjecture bordering on character assassination go without a response. A skilled political spinner could do a number on any of the other announced candidates with regard to "previous statements of record", personal failings, any number of controversies or even documented scandals (the Advantage Asphalt scandal anyone?).

    But this personal attack on Mr. Gonzales and this Fantasy Fiction about what goes on between this man and his wife must not go uncontested. Ms. Gallegos, do you have personal knowledge of Mr. Gonzales relationship with his wife or his children? Also, do you know personal knowledge that he was unfaithful with his wife with other men? How genuinely concerned are you about his and her health and their "risk of disease" and do you share that concern with all political candidates? I think your comments are presumptuous and homophobic and thinly veiled with your false concern.

    Let's stick to the facts of a candidate's platform and plan for the future. Records on jobs and political associations are fair game. But let's not fabricate imaginary stories about their personal lives.

     
  • John Parker posted at 3:23 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    This could be a problem for Javier. The most important issue in this election will be jobs though. If he can prove that he is the best suited to create jobs for Santa Feans than he will win; bottom line. The bigger problem for him will be actually convincing people that he is the best job creator. That will be an uphill climb for him. He is tied very closely to the unions, and in this economic climate, unions, government unions in particular, are major progress stoppers. And, I can tell you right now, though the film industry provides a nice boost, that is not the answer to the problem.

     
  • Ethan Au Green posted at 3:19 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    EthanAuGreen Posts: 1

    As chairman of the DPNM, Javier Gonzales SUPPORTED the last-minute corporate tax cut in the legislature this year that will cost Santa Fe millions of dollars in lost revenue in coming years. HOW CAN HE BE TRUSTED? He called it "comprehensive tax reform," but in reality it only helps the largest businesses and screws the rest of us, including the city of Santa Fe.

    "We will either have to cut $750,000 out of the budget in 2015 or cut $750,000 worth of costs. And the next year that will be $1.5 million, and on and on,” Mayor Coss said. “I think it is going to present Santa Fe and a lot of other cities and counties with some very significant challenges.” The voters should ask Javier Gonzales, which city services does he want to slash to pay for the corporate welfare?

    Here is Javier's statement in support of the tax cut: http://elpasotimes.typepad.com/newmexico/2013/03/democrat-chairman-lauds-ken-martinez.html

    For more analysis on the issue, visit http://www.occupynewmexico.org/home/2013-nmleg-the-99percent-got-screwed/

     
  • John Parker posted at 2:34 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    John Parker Posts: 25

    That is an interesting take. I could see how this might effect your opinion of him as a person. The reality is though, whatever his personal demons may be, people will vote for him, or not, based on how effective a leader they think he can be. In this particular race, Patti clearly is the lead dog; although, she should be somewhat concerned by challenges from Javier and Roman Abeyta. All three will have to explain their records, and prove that they have the economic and administrative wherewithal to take on the challenges that the new mayor will inherit. May the best candidate win.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1180

    Vote Josina!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:49 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1180

    "...he said the city should concentrate on bringing more green energy and film industry jobs to Santa Fe."

    Or just any jobs. But I think we all know that what Javier really means is that he wants to create more union jobs. When he fails to create them in the energy or film industries, he'll settle for creating more cushy municipal union jobs for cronies.

     
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