In a widely expected move, longtime Santa Fe City Councilor Patti Bushee today announced her candidacy for the Santa Fe Mayor's race next year.---

Bushee, who's served on city council since 1994, has long been rumored to run for the job. She started speaking publicly about it after Mayor David Coss last week announced he wouldn't seek a third term.

She made her announcement official on former SFR Editor Julia Golberg's morning KVSF radio show.

On last week's Weekly Word, Bushee sat down with SFR to talk about her then-undeclared run for mayor. In the interview, she told SFR that she doesn't look at mayor as a "ceremonial" job.

"I'm much more interested in continuing to promote policy and a progressive agenda," she said. "I would be interested in how city hall operates and trying to shift a few things."

Though she told SFR she would like to continue Coss' progressive agenda, the two have sometimes clashed over the years. Bushee, more recently, took fiscally moderate positions on Coss-favored proposals like increasing Santa Fe's property taxes to balance the city budget. She also opposed the city's purchase of Railyard office space last summer, criticizing the move as a bailout.

"We may not always agree on the how-to-get-there thing, but we agree often on what we want to do and what social issues are important for Santa Fe," she said of herself and Coss last week.

Over the years, Bushee has been a big supporter of women's reproductive rights as well as LGBT rights.

She joins a rapidly crowding field of names interested in the mayor's race that includes former New Mexico Democratic Party Chair Javier Gonzales, former Española Mayor Joe Maestas, and City Councilors Rebecca Wurzburger, Bill Dimas and Chris Rivera.