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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Mon Mar 3, 2014.

With only 72 hours left until election day, Santa Fe’s mayoral and City Council candidates spent Saturday canvassing in the rain, calling voters on the phone and hoping that their efforts over the last several months pay off at the polls Tuesday.

Two of the three mayoral candidates, Patti Bushee and Javier Gonzales, knocked on doors on the south side of Santa Fe, including those of the estimated 4,000 new voters who were annexed into the city in January.

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14 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:42 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    So the shadowy power-brokers controlling the unions and PACs so far have spent $61,027 to get Javier Gonzales elected? That's more than he received from taxpayers for public financing! Considering that, is there any reason to think that Javier is less beholden to these pseudo-Machiavellian puppet masters who are pumping all this outside cash into his campaign than he is to us common taxpayers?

     
  • Paula Lozar posted at 3:22 pm on Mon, Mar 3, 2014.

    PLozar Posts: 30

    Public Service Announcement: A couple of weeks ago I got a form letter from the County Clerk saying that my polling place had changed. Enclosed was a new voter registration card that said I was to vote at Cesar Chavez Elementary. Today I looked at this article and was surprised to note that I'm supposed to vote at the Southside Library. So I called the County Clerk's office, and, after what seemed like an awfully lengthy search, was informed that the newspaper was correct -- evidently municipal elections have different polling places than other elections (the City Different strikes again!). So don't go by what your registration card says; go to the polling place listed in this article.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:36 am on Mon, Mar 3, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Campaign cash influences voters and can sway elections, that's why Santa Fe's voters chose to dedicate tax-payer dollars to public campaign financing. Javier's impotent acceptance of this union and PAC spending on his behalf is either self-serving hypocrisy or just weak leadership. Either way, he doesn't deserve to be mayor.

     
  • Stephen Westheimer posted at 8:21 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    SWSF Posts: 1

    I am SWSF and don't know why my post did not show my real name.

    My name is Stephen Westheimer. I live in District 2.

     
  • Rad Acton posted at 7:10 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Rad Acton Posts: 3

    Apologies to District 2 and to the City

    Sometimes one’s accusations say more about the accuser than those so accused. It says that they are willing to foment controversy and division across neighborhoods, and across districts, with blatent untruths as an act of 11nth hour political desperation. As a strategy, it represents a DANGEROUS propensity for negative hyperbole in someone purporting to be fit for public service. See truths at www.radactonforcitycouncil.com

    I apologize to my neighborhood, to my district and to the City at large for this divisive slandering and mis-characterization levied upon the good people who live in some of the oldest, most diverse and, civically engaged neighborhoods in the District and City. I apologize to the district for having espoused the "high road" with Mary Bonney, who is running to represent it, but who is all too willing to divide it, and slander it for political gain.

    How this candidate readily ignores the truth as to the deep concerns held by surrounding residents for the welfare of public school system is most telling. These residents are proud of the Atalaya School for what it provides to young families in their neighborhood and district, as well as to the City at large. The "Atalaya Neighborhood" is also the home of Santa Fe Prep, St. John’s College, Rio Grande School, The Gentle Nudge and the Desert Montessori School, so it’s residents have been fully accommodating, if not embracing, of the daily influx of traffic and spirited activity surrounding them.

     
  • Rad Acton posted at 7:10 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Rad Acton Posts: 3

    Part 2
    District 2 has a history of stalwart support for public education in Santa Fe. When the State drops the financial ball, District 2 can be counted on to support the bond issues and mil levies that pick it back up again. Suggestions to the contrary are perhaps the concoctions of someone unversed in the one of our most proud District 2 traditions.

    Politics, for me is about the "art" of consensus building. It is a talent and priority curiously lacking in someone in the business of selling it. Perhaps this explains the desperate need for a career shift on that candidate’s part.

    Rad Acton
    radacton@earthlink.net

     
  • Rad Acton posted at 6:21 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Rad Acton Posts: 3


    The following is a statement by Steven Carrillo addressing the false assertions made by Mary Bonney involving SFPS.

    "It's unfortunate that Santa Fe City Council District 2 candidate, Mary Bonney, has by virtue of her untruthful mailer, dragged the Santa Fe Public Schools into her campaign. Ms. Bonney's assertion that her opponent, Rad Acton's actions, "against the construction of Atalaya Public School had cost the district over $1,000,000 in changes" couldn't be further from the truth. Clearly, instead of making one phone call to fully understand the falsehood of this claim, Ms. Bonney's campaign decided to throw this eleventh hour smear into the mix. The mailer goes on to say, "he said NO to the public schools and YES to a few wealthy neighbors who complained."

    As the co-chair of the Atalaya Task Force, on which I participated as the Board representative, Rad Action worked tirelessly with Carl Gruenler, SFPS Chief Business Officer, the Santa Fe Public Schools and the neighbors to create a win-win solution. It's because of the efforts and commitment of Mr. Acton as well as the additional neighbors on the Task Force, as well as the principal of Atalaya, that the Atalaya project will be completed on budget and on time. As the Vice-President of the SFPS School Board, I can say we take great exception with Ms. Bonney's claim that we are spending an additional one million on the school. This is patently untrue and her campaign should apologize for intentionally releasing this false information."
    Steven Carrillo

     
  • Mary Bonney posted at 4:34 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    mary b Posts: 23

    It WAS true, and pulled right out of the newspaper. And what is truly disgraceful is the lack of care and respect that was given to the CHILDREN of the Atalaya School - THEY are the ones that were overlooked during the debaucle. When I heard my own neighborhs, Rads supporters, making statements such as, "We don't want kids bussed in from the Southside" and 'Let them read more books, they don't need a gym anyway" I was horrified. I was polite about that long enough, Marilyn. KIDS come first, not the complaints of a select view that whine about hearing the intercom system from the school they chose to live next to.
    Rad is a fine person in many ways, and I told him so - but for him to say he cares about children's well being, but to lead a charge that was too much money for the school, and forced the school to cut our classrooms and footage to appease these neighbors, is the real shame here.

     
  • Marilyn Bane posted at 3:26 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Marilyn3662 Posts: 8

    Mary - your flyer in yesterday's mail is not only disgraceful, it's fiction when it comes to Rad Acton and the Atalaya school project. It did not cost anyone 1 million $$$. It was revenue neutral. Not only is Rad disappointed by your outrageous statement, so is SFPS. This is an example of politics at its worse, and way, way beneath you. It certainly changes the original good impression of you and your campaign and, unfortunately, will probably be what those of us in District 2 will remember long after this election is over. I so wish you had not listened to whomever suggested this line of attack. He/she/it is not your friend.

     
  • Mary Bonney posted at 12:36 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    mary b Posts: 23

    Yes, the Arellano camp and Bonney camp get the score for Hardest Working - we've bumped into you alot on the streets of District 2! Fun campaigning! Wishing everyone good luck on Tuesday [smile] Mary

     
  • John Leland posted at 9:05 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Keep defending him, it just makes you look dumber! LMAO

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:56 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    "Again another useless story with repetitive rhetoric."
    You'd rather the reporter put words in the candidates' mouths? It's their rhetoric that's being quoted. And he did mention the higher than usual absentee turnout. You must have missed that paragraph.

    There have been numerous other stories in the last month which highlighted what "each candidate stands on". It would be needlessly repetitive to repeat everything in every article for the convenience of illiterates who haven't been paying attention.

     
  • Eilani Gerstner posted at 12:28 am on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    EG Posts: 3

    Meanwhile, in District 2 (not mentioned), Joe Arellano's team was out all day canvassing in the rain. I know Mary Bonney was out walking Saturday as well.

    By the way, Joe got a lot of good feedback today from folks who read his endorsement by the Santa Fe Reporter... Read SFR's endorsement of Joe Arellano here: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-8216-2014-sfr-endorsements.html

     
  • John Leland posted at 11:35 pm on Sat, Mar 1, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Again another useless story with repetitive rhetoric. Here's a idea Daniel, how about you highlight how this election has had great turnouts in voters and highlight the main issues that each candidate stands on so that voters can read something other than PAC's. No wonder you are the worst "City Hall Reporter" in the last 20 years.....

     

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