On February 12th, we hosted our Mayoral Candidate Forum at the Santa Fe Community College. With approximately 86 members of the audience, we had a much larger turnout than expected.
The candidates seemed relaxed and open to our agenda, handling themselves politely and positively (as this was their 16th forum, they were well practiced). We were able to present six questions, fewer than expected, but the candidates were all very mindful of the time limits. All candidates were very appreciative of the venue and of our professional efforts and lingered to talk with us and other attendees afterward.
The candidates for mayor:
Peter Ives, 63, a two-term city councilor and attorney
Joseph Maestas, 57, a first-term city councilor, former mayor of Española and civil engineer
Kate Noble, 41, a former acting city housing and economic development director elected to the school board in February
Ron Trujillo, 48, a three-term city councilor who works in the state Department of Transportation Fleet Management Bureau
Alan Webber, 69, an entrepreneur and writer perhaps best known as the co-founder of Fast Company magazine