Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 4 Candidate Sean Kesani

  • Name: Sean Kesani
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • AGE: 35
  • EDUCATION: N/AOCCUPATION: Real Estate Broker/Owner since 2011

    FAMILY: Single, no children


  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.SeanKesaniforNM.com

1.) What is the top priority in your District and how would you address it as a county commissioner?

Reduce the crime rate by working with our Sheriff/APD and city councilors, as well as cutting down on panhandling at our intersections. Reviving our local economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, work with the other leaders of our community to make our County run more efficiently and successfully.
2.) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support?
After the pandemic we have experienced, I would not support a tax increase.
3.) Where specifically should the county look to cut its budget if the COVID-19-related economic shutdown creates a significant revenue shortfall?
I would properly review the budget before making any cuts if COVID-19 creates a downfall in revenue.
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 think the county can help the city by finding a suitable area for the shelter to ensure the rest of our community feels safe.
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?
Not if they are here illegally.
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?
In Real Estate I’m used to making budgets and sticking to the scope of work to ensure there is no unnecessary costs, and would stick to the same process in this situation.
7.) Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
No, me nor my business.
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?
No, I have never been arrested for any reason.