POLITICAL PARTY: N/A
EDUCATION: B.B.A., Finance, 1987; B.A. Economics, 1988; M.S., Agricultural Economics, 1991. All from New Mexico State University.
OCCUPATION: President and CEO, ABQ Energy Group, Ltd., 1999-present; Director, PNM Energy Marketing, 1996-1998; Commodity Trader and Business Originator, Catex Vitol Gas, 1994-1996; Analyst and Negotiator, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, 1991-1994.
FAMILY: Two Sons.
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: None.
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Scott formed ABQ Energy Group Ltd. which grew quickly under his guidance and leadership, assisting clients in managing almost a half billion dollars in assets.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising my two sons.
CHRISTINA “CHRIS” ALLEN
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION: BA in Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Massachusetts, 1974; MA in Archaeology, University of New Mexico, 1976; Mediation training, University of New Mexico Law School, 1994.
OCCUPATION: Archaeologist, Marron and Associates, 2011-present; Executive Director, Albuquerque Speech Language Hearing Center, 2006-2009; Independent Insurance Agent, 2003-2006; Deputy Clerk, Village Administrator, Village of Corrales, 1996-2003; Mediator, 1994-1996: Archaeologist, self-employed, 1982-1990; Archaeologist, Office of Contract Archaeology, University of New Mexico, 1978-1982.
FAMILY: Husband, Paul Knight; one daughter, one son.
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Current Member, Corrales Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee liaison to the Equestrian Committee; Corrales Municipal Judge, 2006; Village Administrator, 2000-2003; Deputy Clerk, 1996-2000; Village Councilor, 1990-1996.
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: While executive director of a small nonprofit speech and hearing center, I obtained over $250,000 in grants to help low-income patients receive hearing aids and speech therapy.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I helped Corrales remain a safe, family community by advocating for the building of the Recreation Center, Fire Station, Police/Administration building, Growers Market and Recycling Center.
Questions to Corrales Mayoral Candidates
Q: Do you believe the village should use public funding to assist residents to connect to the new wastewater system?
ALLEN: Yes. In 1999, Corrales initiated the project to protect the village’s groundwater. The proposed revolving fund would provide loans to those who can’t afford connection costs to protect the water supply for all of us.
KOMINIAK: No, not under current circumstances and the present ordinance. Burdening the general population to pay for a system that benefits few village residents is fundamentally wrong. No additional money should be spent on this project until there is a complete understanding and consensus regarding the scope and cost.
Q: What steps can the village take to stimulate economic development?
ALLEN: Corrales cherishes its character and has tight controls on commercial and home businesses. The staff should assist businesses in navigating those ordinances. We can encourage professional, technical and other low-impact services to locate here.
KOMINIAK: I will implement a policy of involving local business owners, existing and prospective, to better understand their needs. Economic development is not just about generating tax revenues. It is about having places within the village where people can not only spend, but earn. A critical aspect of this will be streamlining our regulatory approval process. We need to work with our businesses, including farmers, to promote the Village as a place to do business in a manner that is aligned with our unique lifestyle.
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?
ALLEN: Most departments are already minimally staffed. Police and fire, essential services, must maintain coverage 24/7. Providing a good work environment, offering training, and increasing revenues to offer higher salaries would be a better alternative.
KOMINIAK: The job of an executive is to manage the organization in the most efficient manner possible. I don’t believe that our staff has been the source of our budgetary problems. No healthy organization sacrifices individuals for the benefit of those remaining.
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?
ALLEN: Yes, providing they serve the purpose of enabling such structures to perform service to the community without compromising our rural-residential character and providing they are not unduly burdensome.
KOMINIAK: Visual pollution is a serious issue in Corrales. We need to evaluate the amount of clutter that we see on a day-to-day basis. Cell towers and their appearance fall into that category. I am more concerned about the effectiveness of cell towers, i.e. are all of the carriers going to support service enhancements.
Q: Would you support the establishment of a no-kill animal shelter in Corrales? Explain your reasons.
ALLEN: Yes, providing the task force currently underway finds a location, determines the capital costs as well as ongoing operations, maintenance and staffing expenditures, and has identified sources of funding.
KOMINIAK: Yes. We need a shelter. We have established policy regarding the treatment of animals. It is not fair to rely exclusively on volunteers to be doing the work of the Village. Unfortunately, financial resources are extremely limited. We need a continuing public/private partnership to continue their work, and obtain funding grants and to contribute seed money where possible.
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?
ALLEN: Corrales has in place an Integrated Coyote Management Plan. Effective implementation of this plan should minimize human-coyote conflicts. I would support a review of the plan if there is evidence of increased issues with coyotes.
KOMINIAK: Yes. Frankly, I am far more concerned about “the foxes in the henhouse” than I am about coyotes in the village. The job of the mayor is one of seeking broad consensus on every issue. The Village has established a coyote management plan, part of which is an educational effort for the community.
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?