Houston Johansen, a City Council candidate in District 1, will drop out of the race to pursue a career in law.
Johansen, who also ran unsuccessfully for council in the 2012 municipal election against incumbent Patti Bushee, says the decision came after some deliberation.
He says running for election again would mean giving up projects he's been committed to, like volunteering at Earth Care, which is undergoing change and taking
up more time than Johansen anticipated. Johansen also serves on the
board of Solace Crisis Treatment Center and works at OTR Global.
He adds that a career in law would make him a better fit for City Council some day in the future.
"It's tough in this town to make a good living," he says, "especially if you don't have extra skill sets."
He'll take the LSAT in December and start applying for schools in the
spring. If all goes according to plan, Johansen will start law school
next fall, preferably at the University of New Mexico. He isn't sure which law he'll go into, although he mentions water law as a major issue that interests him.
Johansen says he plans to practice law in Santa Fe and still run for city council someday.
In the meantime, he'll be endorsing city planning commissioner Signe Lindell for the open District 1 city council seat.
Outgoing city councilor Chris Calvert, who announced last week that he wouldn't run for reelection, is also endorsing Lindell. Michael Segura is also seeking the open seat.