Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 3 Candidate Adrian Carver
- Name: Adrian Neal Carver
- POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
- PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- AGE: 33
- EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, University of New Mexico
- OCCUPATION: Executive Director for Equality New Mexico and the Equality New Mexico Foundation, 2017-present; previously nonprofit program director and consultant for various nonprofits, 2007-2017; President for New Mexico Alliance for School Based Health Care (2015-2016)
- FAMILY: Spouse, Ian Schiefelbein; no children (yet)
- POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Executive Director for Equality New Mexico, a 501(c)(4) political advocacy nonprofit organization, since 2017; President of the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association (2016-2018); President of Young Democrats of New Mexico (2012-2014)
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.adriancarver.com
1.) What is the top priority in your District and how would you address it as a county commissioner?
I was born and raised in District 3. My husband and I plan on raising our family here. Just like your family, we want our kids to grow up in safe, thriving neighborhoods. As a public health organizer, I’ll work to end the cycles of violence, addiction, and violence.
2.) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support?
I supported the county’s behavioral health tax, which was an opportunity for voters to decide how to spend new money to tackle a very specific challenge. I support a progressive tax system. That means high wage earners and well-connected corporations should contribute their fair share to protect the most vulnerable.
3.) Where specifically should the county look to cut its budget if the COVID-19-related economic shutdown creates a significant revenue shortfall?
I have strong relationships with elected and appointed leaders at the state and federal levels. I’ll leverage those relationships to make sure that BernCo receives every possible penny of funding so that county employees can be confident about the security of their job and the county continues providing vital services.
4.) How specifically — if at all — do you think the county should partner with the city of Albuquerque for its planned Gateway Center homeless shelter?
Being unsheltered should be rare, brief, non-recurring, and is solved by applying the right mix of a variety of solutions. Bernalillo County should partner on distributed, hub-and-spoke types of affordable housing solutions rather than a massive, centralized facility. We should partner on a one-stop facility for services and resources.
5.) Do you agree with the county’s current immigrant-friendly policy, which, among other things, prohibits jail staff from providing information to immigration authorities unless legally required to do so?
I agree with the policy but we need to do more. We should translate citations and equip Sheriff’s Deputies with tools to communicate in multiple languages in order to minimize unnecessary contact with the courts. Let’s standardize translation services at County Commission meetings so everyone can participate in government meaningfully.
6.) What, if anything, will you do as a commissioner to prevent further cost increases at the county’s new headquarters project, now estimated at $65 million?
That project and expenditures have already been approved. Voters deserve a facility which makes it easier for them to participate in decision-making. Moving forward I’d like to see us invest in helping small businesses and vulnerable communities recover from the economic crisis stemming from the pandemic.
7.) Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
8.) Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
9.) 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?