JOHN ALSOBROOK (incumbent)
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
EDUCATION: B.S. Biochemistry, Calif. State Univ. Los Angeles 1981; B.S. Physics Calif. State Univ. Los Angeles 1982; M.Phil. Human Genetics Yale University 1986; Ph.D. Genetics Yale University 1996.
OCCUPATION: Medical Laboratory Consultant.
FAMILY: spouse, Allison; two children.
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Madison Planning and Zoning Commission, Madison Conn., 2000-2005; Corrales Village Council, 2008-2014; Rio Metro Transit District Board of Directors.
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Invented and marketed gene-based diagnostic tests to supplement and replace surgical diagnostic procedures.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I strive to keep a balance between personal, professional, and public service life as a demonstration to my children and others of what an individual can successfully accomplish.
David Dornburg did not return the Journal questionnaire.
Questions to Corrales Village Council Candidates District 4
Q: Do you believe the village should use public funding to assist residents to connect to the new wastewater system?
ALSOBROOK: Yes. I have consistently said the estimated cost for a mandated hookup of $10,000 to $15,000 is an unjustifiable burden on fixed-income residents, and the Village must provide any possible financial help.
Q: What steps can the village take to stimulate economic development?
ALSOBROOK: Economic development efforts need strong and experienced leadership, and those efforts must go beyond reliance on new restaurants. New businesses are only one part of the plan; existing businesses need to be embraced and supported.
Q: In consideration of Corrales’ tight budgetary situation, do you believe the village should reduce the number of village employees so the village can offer higher salaries to attract and retain quality staff?
ALSOBROOK: No. Most of the Village’s staffing budget is for our professional fire and police departments and are necessary for public safety and our municipal identity. Reducing other department’s head counts cannot sustainably deliver needed services.
Q: Current zoning regulations covering communications (cell) towers, only refer to height restrictions. Would you support developing regulations on the location and appearance of communications towers?
ALSOBROOK: Yes. Having specific well-written regulations will strengthen our hand in any future cases, such as the current lawsuit brought by AT&T for the Planning and Zoning Commission and Council’s unanimous denial of a cell tower.
Q: Would you support the establishment of a no-kill animal shelter in Corrales, explain your reasons?
ALSOBROOK: Yes. I sponsored Corrales’ no-kill ordinance, and Corrales is the only community of similar size that has no animal shelter. Our wonderful overextended volunteer groups use private homes; they need a municipally-backed shelter.
Q: The presence of coyotes has been a divisive issue in the community. Would you support an initiative to find broad consensus on the response and treatment of coyotes?
ALSOBROOK: Yes. I held open public meetings on the issue and am introducing an ordinance that criminalizes feeding coyotes and other predators. We can do better at protecting our animals while co-existing with predatory wildlife.
Q: Have you or your business, if you are or have been a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Q: Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Q: Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state?