Ives said he had mixed emotions and cited three primary reasons why he decided not to run: a recently born granddaughter; the time commitment required to serve as a city councilor; and his belief in term limits, though he said he’s vacillated over whether two or three four-year terms was most appropriate.
“In my case two (terms) feels right for me,” he said in a written statement.
“Thank you for your support through these years, and if we have disagreed, as inevitably we must on something, I hope and trust that we have agreed to disagree, agreeably, and kept the discussion civil and focused on the issues and what is best for our City’s future,” he wrote.
Ives, an attorney who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2018, was first elected to the council in 2012. He has served as mayor pro tem, chaired the Water Conservation and Public Works committees, and served as vice-chair for the City Business and Quality of Life Committee.
According to his bio on the city’s website, Ives has served as senior counsel for the Trust for Public Lands since 1998, and serves on the boards of the New Mexico Activities Association Foundation, Diné People’s Legal Services, and New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. He is also an officer with the Knights of Columbus for St. Francis Cathedral Council 1717.
Ives is married to attorney Patricia Salazar-Ives.
At least two people — Michael J. Garcia and Chris Quintana — have shown interest in running for the District 2 seat Ives is vacating.