SANTA FE – A Santa Fe candidate City Council says he’s not giving up his bid for the seat in District 4 after police visited his home last month to conduct a domestic violence welfare check following an argument with his estranged wife.
In a 9-minute video he posted on his Facebook page, Greg Scargall begins by saying he takes domestic violence seriously and apologized to his wife, children, family and supporters. He says he takes full responsibility for his actions on the night of Sept. 11.
“I sit here pretty hurting, everyone,” he says near the end of the video. “I’m a hurting man, right now. But I’m not a quitter. I’m not someone who is going to give up. And I’ll see this process through.
“Even if I finish dead last in this process, I will continue to live with a purpose and a meaningful life that desires to make a bigger difference in this world and make an impact in people’s lives for the better.”
Scargall, who was accused of domestic violence in 2010 and 2012 but not charged, has acknowledged he has struggled with substance abuse in the past but has since cleaned up his act.
According to a police report, Scargall and his wife argued after she arrived home after 9 p.m. but the altercation never became physical. His wife had left the house by the time police arrived, telling them later that she left because she was scared and that there had been a prior history of physical abuse.
His wife filed for divorce earlier this month. She also filed divorce papers in 2012 but the couple reconciled. They have two children ages 7 and 12.
Scargall, who finished second in a run for a City Council seat in 2018, is running against Xavier Anderson and Jamie Cassutt-Sanchez for the seat being vacated by councilor Mike Harris.
In the video, Scargall questioned how the report became public and called it a “political attack.”