Dan Esquibel, who chairs AFSCME 3999's People's Committee, says the union is releasing the interviews online partly to reach potential voters who don't make it to candidate debates.
"In a city this big we only have 13,000 people that decide the election," Esquibel says. "People probably don't have enough time to go to forums and meet the candidates because they work."
The interviews with the candidates, posted below, tackle topics such as jobs, education and the economy. AFSCME 3999, which hasn't yet endorsed a candidate, interviewed former County Manager Roman "Tiger" Abeyta, Motel 6 night auditor Michael D'Anna, City Councilor Patti Bushee, former state Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales and City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger. City Councilor Bill Dimas is also running for mayor, however, Esquibel says he declined to participate in the interview process.
Early voting for the March 4 election begins in late January.
What are the most important strategies that you have for making Santa Fe a better place to live and work?
What are your plans for bringing well-paying jobs to Santa Fe?
How are you going to increase revenue to create growth?
What will you do to improve the city's education issues?
What kind of programs do you plan for Santa Fe's youths and how will you pay for them?
If elected mayor, what traits will you look for in people whom you appoint to your cabinet?
What are the biggest issues facing Santa Fe?
What would you do to make sure that the city is on the forefront of the open government movement?
How much control should the next mayor have over the city and why?
What distinguishes you from the other mayoral candidates?
What important city issue do you believe is not getting enough attention?