Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales endorsed entrepreneur and author Alan Webber as his successor at a campaign event held at the Hotel Santa Fe attended by several dozen of his supporters on Thursday evening, including Albuquerque’s newly elected mayor, Tim Keller.
Gonzales said the decision to endorse Webber did not come lightly because he has deep and personal partnerships with other mayoral candidates, singling out City Councilor Peter Ives, who Gonzales said “has always been by my side fighting that good fight.”
But in the end, Webber was his man.
“He has that vision, he has that experience, and most importantly the commitment to stand up for every member of our community and to continue to engage Santa Fe’s unique values and identity in solving our biggest problems,” Gonzales said.
Webber, who has lived in Santa Fe since 2003 and ran in the Democratic primary for governor in 2016, said Gonzales’ endorsement was a “big deal” to him.
“Because I have so much respect and so much love for this man and for the job he’s done,” he said.
Webber thanked Gonzales for his service to the city over the last four years, saying that the mayor showed “courage and commitment and grace under pressure” in working to solve the city’s problems.
He said when he announced his candidacy at a “Big Tent” event last October, the only thing missing was a ringmaster. “We finally got our ring master to lead the parade,” Webber said.
Also running for mayor in Santa Fe in the March 6 election, which for the first time will be decided by the ranked-choice voting method, are city councilors Joseph Maestas and Ron Trujillo, and school board member Kate Noble.
Mayor Gonzales also said he was supporting City Councilor Signe Lindell in her race against Marie Campos for the City Council seat in District 1, and Roman “Tiger” Abeyta, who is running unopposed in District 3.
He did not lend his support to any candidate in the City Council races in districts 2 and 4 where there are three candidates in each race.