City workers union backs Gonzales for mayor

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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 8:05 pm | Updated: 3:10 pm, Thu Jan 9, 2014.

The local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents most city of Santa Fe employees, announced Saturday evening that it is backing mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales in the municipal election March 4.

Daniel Esquibel, a city land-use planner who said he serves as the people chairman for AFSCME Local 3999, said all the candidates in the race had "something wonderful to offer." The union was looking for those who have "a vision for the city," he added, and those who "understand the neighborhoods," the need for economic development and the "resources for growth" as the city prepares for more annexation.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:25 am on Mon, Dec 23, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    The unions are the power base for some shadowy characters who want to maintain their control over Santa Fe's municipal government, and Javier is their chosen puppet, so of course they've endorsed him.

  • Jane Kadlubek posted at 5:00 pm on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    JKadlubek Posts: 18

    So Javier has been endorsed by... Roman "Tiger" Abeyta, Rebecca Wurzeberger, AFSCME, NM Building and Construction Trades Council, the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council, and the American Federation of Teachers.

    Anyone know if Patti or Bill have any endorsements?

  • John Franco posted at 9:59 am on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    big deal, a handful of city employees who steal from the other employees while incompetently representing a few bad apples while performing their jobs even more incompetently!

    at about $17.00 a paycheck per employee that come out to about $400,000.00 a year for these fools to squander!


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