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Santa Fe Councilor Rivera says he’ll seek 3rd term

SANTA FE — City Councilor Chris Rivera says he plans to run for a third term representing District 3 on Santa Fe’s south side.

Rivera, 53, is already the longest tenured member of the current City Council, having first been elected in 2012.

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Chris Rivera

The adoption of the Locals Election Act by the state Legislature last year moves municipal elections to November of odd numbered years, which shortened Rivera’s second four-year term by two-and-a-half months.

Rivera, a former fire chief, said Tuesday that he had talked things over with his family and decided to run for one more term.

“Three terms for me would be good. Then it’ll be time to get some new blood in there and let someone else have a chance,” he said.

Rivera, a former city fire chief who now manages the urology clinic at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, said he finds it challenging to juggle family, a full-time job and his duties as a city councilor, but he still enjoys doing it. He said the Tierra Contenta development, building a teen center on the south side and more soccer fields are projects he’d like to get done before he leaves office.

Rivera announced his intent to run for mayor in 2014 but dropped out a few months later, saying there was still a lot he needed to learn.

Asked if he would consider running for political office again after his stint on the City Council was over, Rivera said he didn’t know for sure, but he would keep his options open.

Rivera is married with four daughters ranging in age from 17 to 23. He is also the grandfather of two.

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