ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City Councilor Bill Dimas announced Thursday that he’ll run for mayor of Santa Fe next year.
“As Mayor, I intend to return to Santa Fe values and traditions,” Dimas said in a news release.
“Santa Fe is in danger of losing its way, distracted by fringe issues and bending to special interests. We are reacting to changing events rather than anticipating and meeting them. It’s time to get ahead,” he said.
Dimas has had a varied public service career, including time as a judge and police officer. In 1994, he was elected to serve as a Santa Fe County magistrate judge. He went on to serve three consecutive four-year terms, the latter two as chief magistrate judge.
Dimas was elected to the city council last year representing District 4 but previously served a council stint nearly three decades ago.
A fourth-generation Santa Fean, Dimas is married with four children.
Dimas said in the news release that he plans to focus on basic city services, “restoring faith” in city government by promoting transparency and a good work environment for employees and economic development with an emphasis on renewable energy, “green” practices, establishing a strong broadband network and lightening the regulatory burden on “clean” business such as the film industry.
Dimas joins fellow City Councilor Patti Bushee as the only two formally announced mayoral candidates.