District Three Santa Fe City Councilor Chris Rivera announced a mayoral bid today.
"I have discussed this with family and close friends and feel this is the right time to seek the City's top job," said the one-term City Councilman in a press release.
The retired Santa Fe Fire Department chief said he will run on public financing.
"If this becomes a race about money then I will be challenged," he said in the release, "if it is a race about doing what is right, then I have a fighting chance.
Here's the release:
District #3 City Councilor, Chris Rivera, is announcing that he too will run for Mayor of Santa Fe in 2014. Chris is the retired Fire Chief from the City of Santa Fe where he served the public for over 20 years. He entered politics in 2012 when he ran for and won the vacant District #3 council seat over two other candidates. Chris said, “I have discussed this with family and close friends and feel this is the right time to seek the City’s top job”. Chris ran in 2012 using public campaign financing and will do so again. Although it is very likely he will be outpaced when it comes to candidates that may not use public campaign financing, Chris feels it is the right thing to do. “If this becomes a race about money then I will be challenged; if it is a race about doing what is right, then I have a fighting chance.”
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Chris is 47 years old and is married with four children. Since retiring as Fire Chief, Chris has managed the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic for Christus St. Vincent but has chosen to resign in order to commit 100% to this campaign. Chris believes, “The office of Mayor is indeed a full-time job and wants to demonstrate his commitment and willingness to serve the public in that capacity.” Chris is a life-long resident of Santa Fe and wants to focus on getting Santa Fe back to basics. “For the past decade, this City has been focused on issues that don’t involve us and it feels as though we have lost our way. Citizens and guests to Santa Fe want to know they can take a walk at night without fear and that they live in a safe, healthy, vibrant community.”