Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 2 Candidate Steven Michael Quezada

  • Name: Steven Michael Quezada
  • PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • AGE: 57
  • EDUCATION: West Mesa High School Graduate
  • OCCUPATION: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer for 35 years
  • FAMILY: Spouse Cherise Quezada; four children; two grandchildren
  • POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Bernalillo County Commissioner 2017-Present, Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education 2013-2017, member of Route 66 West Neighborhood Association 6 years.
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: steven4commission.com

1.) What is the top priority in your District and how would you address it as a county commissioner? Creating jobs in agriculture for the South Valley and continuing to fight for more funding for behavioral health. We must also continue to invest into needed infrastructure for the Southwest Mesa and the South Valley, and invest into public safety.

2.) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support? I supported the behavioral tax increase, I would support a tax increase that will help us face our communities’ biggest issues, but before increasing taxes, we must closely examine the increase and have a thorough debate.

3.) Where specifically should the county look to cut its budget if the COVID-19-related economic shutdown creates a significant revenue shortfall? Should never be at the expense of all of hardworking county employees who keep us safe, who keep our communities clean, and our first responders — we will have to weigh every single proposal. We will have to spend time examining how to do this the right way.

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?   I am in support of having many facilities throughout Bernalillo County to address specific behavioral health needs. The Gateway Center would be just one of many.

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?  Yes – I sponsored it and continue to support this policy.

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?  The County has been fiscally responsible, we have the money to pay for the headquarters, we as a commission must continue to keep the project on time and accountable.

7.) Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens? No

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? Yes, DWI.