Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 3 Candidate Marcos Gonzales
- NAME: Marcos A. Gonzales
- POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
- PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- AGE: 35
- EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, 2015; Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), University of New Mexico, 2007
- OCCUPATION: Assistant Director/Section Manager, Bernalillo County Economic Development Department, 2012 – Present; Previously Financial Development Specialist, State of New Mexico Economic Development Department, 2008 – 2012
- FAMILY: Spouse, Sarah Williams Gonzales
- POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Bernalillo County Economic Development Department, 2012 – Present; State of New Mexico Economic Development Department, 2008 – 2012; New Mexico Finance Authority, 2008
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.Vote4Marcos.com
1.) What is the top priority in your District and how would you address it as a county commissioner?
District 3 is currently facing an economic crisis of monumental proportions. The Central corridor has yet to recover from the ART construction. Our District needs policies that lead to positive changes for individuals and the business environment. My background and business experience uniquely position me to work towards reviving our district.
2.) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support?
I know how to structure and stick to a budget. The only circumstances under which I would support a tax increase would be if there were a planned specific use for the money and if the value behind the tax was made transparent to taxpayers beforehand.
3.) Where specifically should the county look to cut its budget if the COVID-19-related economic shutdown creates a significant revenue shortfall?
If facing a significant revenue shortfall, the County should look at a hiring freeze and deferring new projects. As a County and State employee, I have been through two furloughs and know first-hand how that impacts families, but also understand that hard decisions have to be made.
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?
The Gateway Center should be a collaborative endeavor between the City, Bernalillo County, and local non-profits whose mission is to support individuals experiencing homelessness. All community stakeholders must be at the table when plans are put in place not only to build the center but also for long-term daily operations.
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 do agree with the County’s current immigrant-friendly policy because it protects families and was the right policy to put in place from a humanitarian perspective.
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?
I would not support any unnecessary changes or additions to the County’s new headquarters unless social distancing infrastructure became required. The protection of County employees and the public is paramount.
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? No.
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?