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M. Debbie O’Malley

M. Debbie O’Malley



AGE: 55

EDUCATION: Graduated Valley High School, 1974; completed TV-I clerical and accounting programs, 1975-76; completed University of New Mexico courses, late 1970s to mid-1980s; attended and conducted numerous local and national training workshops on neighborhood redevelopment, 1997-2009.

OCCUPATION: Albuquerque city councilor, 2003-present; consultant, Community Development Inc., 2008-09 (currently inactive); associate director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 2004; executive director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 1998-2003; project director, Sawmill Advisory Council/Development Corporation, 1995-98.

FAMILY: Husband, Mike; two daughters

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Albuquerque city councilor, 2003-present; vice-president, City Council, present and 2008; chair, Mid-Region Council of Governments, 2011-present; chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2009-10; chair, City Council land-use and zoning committee, 2006, 2009; president, City Council, 2007; vice-chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2006-07; chair, City Council budget committee, 2004, 2005; other appointments, chairmanships.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: As founder and first executive director of the Sawmill Community Land Trust, I spearheaded the planning and development of Arbolera de Vida, a multi-million dollar, award-winning, nationally acclaimed revitalization project in the Sawmill/Old Town neighborhood.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My family. With my husband of 38 years, Mike, I have raised two bright, caring and responsible daughters. We are the very proud grandparents of two wonderful little boys.

County Commission District 1 Candidate questionnaire
(Maximum of 35 words per answer.)1. What’s the biggest issue that will merit County Commission attention in the next several years?
2. Please evaluate the performance of County Manager Tom Zdunek.
3. District 1 includes a mix of West Side and North Valley neighborhoods. What do they need most from county government?
4. How should the County Commission address chronic overcrowding in the jail system?
5. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
6. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
7. 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?

1. Declining revenues and escalating costs. I will do all I can to promote our local economy, create livable-wage jobs, and increase revenue to fully fund needed services, such as public safety, streets and recreational facilities.

2. Mr. Zdunek is highly respected by current county commissioners and credited with hiring knowledgeable, professional staff within the economic development department, resulting in over 1,000 new jobs in the county over the last 18 months.

3. Neighborhoods thrive where there are jobs, families feel safe and infrastructure works. Along with budgeting for quality basic services, I will concentrate on creating livable-wage jobs and promoting sustainable economic development for the entire district.

4. We must provide judges with additional alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders such as expanded programs for community service, community custody, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. We should further streamline the process.

5. No.

6. No.

7. I was issued a traffic citation on 5-11-98 for “having no car insurance” because I didn’t have proof of insurance in my car. I missed my 5-28-98 court date and a bench warrant was issued. I submitted proof of insurance and on 6-2-98, the warrant was cancelled and the citations dismissed.