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Santa Fe mayor offers ‘sanctuary’

SANTA FE – Alan Webber, Santa Fe’s newly elected mayor, made it clear during his inauguration speech Monday night that the city will remain a welcoming “sanctuary” for all people living here, carrying on the immigrant-friendly policies championed by his predecessor.

Now former Mayor Javier Gonzales has been a prominent spokesman for so-called sanctuary cities, via several appearances and interviews in the national news media.

Now former Santa Fe mayor Javier Gonzales takes a selfie with Alan Webber, right, who won last week’s mayoral election, before Webber was sworn at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Monday night. Jane Brickner was also in the photo. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Webber, who was endorsed by Gonzales, said he won’t waiver on that issue.

“Santa Fe’s future is hiding in plain sight and it is a future of unlimited potential,” he said. “A future of equity and inclusivity where everyone has a chance to succeed and prosper. Of fairness and better paying jobs where we combine social justice and economic opportunity. Of affordable housing in safe neighborhoods with good streets and inviting parks. A future of compassion and respect and sanctuary for every member of our community.”

That drew a rousing round of applause from roughly 400 people in attendance at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

“We are called to the work of building that future because it is who we are, who we have always been,” he said, adding that Santa Fe will take care of its own regardless of what he called divisive policies or rhetoric coming from the White House and over the airwaves. “Santa Fe doesn’t care what race you are, what country you’ve come from or whom you choose to share your life and your love with, all are welcome here and we will care for one another,” Webber said. “After all, that is how Santa Fe survived for centuries.”

Webber, who won a five-way race for mayor in the state’s first election decided by ranked-choice voting, took the oath of office along with incumbent city councilor Signe Lindell, and three newly elected councilors, Roman “Tiger” Abeyta, JoAnne Vigil Coppler and Carol Romero-Wirth.

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