SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales said Thursday that his campaign has gathered enough small monetary contributions to qualify for public financing during the March 2014 municipal election cycle.
Gonzales, a former state Democratic Party chairman, is the first mayoral candidate to publicly state that he’s qualified for the $60,000 in public funds the city is allocating to mayoral contenders who collect 600 contributions of $5 apiece.
“I’ve always stated from the time I got into this race that public financing was going to be the only option for me, and if I didn’t reach the threshold needed, then I wouldn’t run at all,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales said he had the help of a 60-member steering committee. Candidates seeking public financing for the March 2014 municipal election must turn their qualifying donations in to the city clerk on Nov. 18.
All the major Santa Fe mayoral candidates have said they plan to seek public money. In addition to Gonzales, City Councilors Bill Dimas, Patti Bushee and Rebecca Wurzburger are running for mayor, as is former Santa Fe County Manager Roman Abeyta, hotel night auditor Michael D’Anna and native Santa Fean Margaret Josina Campos.