Mayor-elect wants to make Santa Fe more affordable, sustainable | KOB 4

Mayor-elect wants to make Santa Fe more affordable, sustainable

Kai Porter
March 07, 2018 06:54 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Voters in Santa Fe have elected a new mayor. Publishing entrepreneur Alan Webber beat out four other candidates, receiving 66 percent of the city's first ranked-choice vote.


Webber said Wednesday he has an ambitious agenda, and he wants to get to work on making Santa Fe an affordable place to live for the middle class and the best sustainable city in the country.

Volunteers spent the day breaking down Webber's campaign headquarters in Santa Fe following his win Tuesday night.

"It's an enormous gift," he said. "It's an enormous vote of confidence, and it's an enormous responsibility to take on."

But Webber won't get any time off before he's sworn into office next week. He's already working on transitioning into Santa Fe's new mayor and putting his new team in place.

"We're going to deal with budget issues right away," he said. "We're going to deal with organizational l issues right away. I've got to sit down with the new council and listen to their concerns and get their aspiration and their agenda."

A lot is different about the mayor's job in Santa Fe.  For the first time, it's a full-time job with a six-figure salary. The mayor also has more hiring and firing power.

Webber says some of his goals are to make the city function better, make it the most sustainable city in America, and make it a more affordable to live.

"Where middle-income families with children can put down roots, find affordable housing, find good paying jobs, find neighborhoods that are safe and secure … make sure that the quality of life is high," he said.

Outgoing Mayor Javier Gonzales, who decided not to seek re-election, has made national headlines by touting Santa Fe as a sanctuary city. When asked if Webber plans to keep it that way, and his answer was "absolutely."

"Santa Fe is a sanctuary city. Santa Fe is a welcoming city. Santa Fe is a city where the diversity of the people who live here is our strength," he said.

Webber will be sworn in along with four new city councilors next Monday.

In other municipal elections around the state, Roswell's Dennis Kintigh and Rio Rancho's Gregg Hull are set to keep their jobs as mayor. Farmington voters elected Nate Duckett as its mayor.


Kai Porter

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