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Former Española Mayor Mulls Run For Santa Fe Mayor

Joseph Maestas says he'll consult his family and friends on a decision to run.

May 6, 2013, 11:00 am
By Joey Peters

 Count another politician interested in a 2014 run for the Santa Fe mayor's office.

Former Española Mayor Joseph Maestas released a statement today thanking Santa Fe Mayor David Coss for his service and, not unlike former Democratic Party Chair Javier Gonzales' similar statement thanking Coss, hinted at a possible run for for the job.

"Since Mayor Coss’ announcement, friends and supporters have asked me to consider running for Mayor of Santa Fe," Maestas says in the statement. "They feel that I can provide bold, new, and qualified leadership to move Santa Fe forward."

Maestas, known as a fiscal and social moderate, was first elected as Española's mayor in 2006 on a platform of reform. He opted not to run for reelection after rumors swirled that he wanted to serve in a higher office (He lost a 2008 Democratic primary bid for the Public Regulation Commission to Jerome Block Jr. and considered running for Lt. Governor in 2010).

In his statement, Maestas reminds us that he was born in Santa Fe, that he's spent his professional career in "civil and community service," and that he's "humbled and honored" to be asked to consider succeeding Coss.

"As a former city councilor and mayor, I am keenly aware of the commitment and experience necessary to be an effective city-elected official," Maestas says in the statement. "Also, as a professional engineer, I have brought a unique, pragmatic, and objective problem-solving skill set to elected office. My intentions are to consult with my family, friends, and supporters regarding my decision to run for Mayor of Santa Fe."

Read Maestas' full statement:

I want to thank Mayor David Coss for his service to the people of Santa Fe.  Mayor Coss and I were newly elected mayors in 2006 and collaborated on many progressive issues such as immigration reform, regional economic development, and drug interdiction.  His leadership and vision made a difference and he will be missed as Mayor of Santa Fe.  

Since Mayor Coss’ announcement, friends and supporters have asked me to consider running for Mayor of Santa Fe.  They feel that I can provide bold, new, and qualified leadership to move Santa Fe forward.

Being born in Santa Fe and having committed my entire adult life to civil and community service, I am both humbled and honored to be asked to consider this major decision.  As a former city councilor and mayor, I am keenly aware of the commitment and experience necessary to be an effective city-elected official.  Also, as a professional engineer, I have brought a unique, pragmatic, and objective problem-solving skill set to elected office.

My intentions are to consult with my family, friends, and supporters regarding my decision to run for Mayor of Santa Fe.  

In closing, I salute Mayor Coss for a job well done!”

 

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