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Q&A and profiles of Bernalillo County Commission District 1 candidates

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Questions to Bernalillo County Commission District 1 candidates Simon A. Kubiak and M. Debbie O’Malley

1. What would be your approach to boosting the economy in Bernalillo County?
Kubiak: Lower taxes, reduce government red tape, and strengthen the Sheriff’s Department to promote a safe place to live and work.
O’Malley: To boost our local economy, we benefit from a multi-pronged approach to support existing businesses and start-ups. We cannot solely focus on big industry recruitment, but must look promote our assets such as local agriculture.

2. How should the county address overcrowding in the jail system?
Kubiak: Cooperate with the judicial branch for lower bonds and increase the number of community custody program participants with more ankle bracelets and more eligibility.
O’Malley: Over 50 percent of inmates in MDC need psychiatric services. We need viable treatment alternatives to incarceration for people who have mental illnesses. I support the creation of a behavioral health evaluation center and treatment facility.

3. What differentiates you from your opponent?
Kubiak: I seek public office to help the community while Commissioner O’Malley has made public office her career.
O’Malley: I bring over 22 years of strong, effective public service to the position. I am proud to have introduced legislation supporting small businesses, workforce housing, open space and funding for the BioPark otter exhibit.

4. Under what circumstances would you support a tax increase?
Kubiak: None, we are taxed enough.
O’Malley: I take the responsibility for managing our tax dollars seriously. Despite our efforts to achieve efficiencies, sometimes there’s not enough revenue for critical needs. Only then would I ask the public for a tax increase.

5. What further steps should the county take to recover from the investment losses suffered over the last year?
Kubiak: All viable options should be explored to recover the losses of tax dollars.
O’Malley: As chair, I worked with fellow commissioners to stabilize our investment portfolio and retain our Triple-A bond rating. Now we have stronger financial controls in place protecting taxpayer dollars.

6. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Kubiak: No.
O’Malley: No.

7. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Kubiak: No.
O’Malley: No.

8. 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?
Kubiak: No.
O’Malley: On May 11, 1998, I was issued a traffic citation for not having proof of insurance. I subsequently submitted proof of insurance and the citation was dismissed.


County Commission District 1 candidates at a glance

M. Debbie O’Malley

M. Debbie O'Malley

M. Debbie O’Malley

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
AGE: 58
EDUCATION: Attended and conducted numerous local and national training workshops on neighborhood redevelopment, 1997-2009; completed UNM courses, 1970s-80s; completed TV-I clerical and accounting programs, 1975-76; graduated Valley High School, 1974
OCCUPATION: Bernalillo County commissioner, 2013-present; Albuquerque city councilor, 2003-2013; consultant, Community Development, Inc., 2008-09 (currently inactive); associate director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 2004; executive director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 1998-2003; project director, Sawmill Advisory Council/Development Corporation, 1995-98
FAMILY: Husband, Mike; two daughters
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Bernalillo County Commission chairwoman, 2014; Bernalillo County commissioner, 2013-present; Albuquerque City Councilor, 2003-2013; chairwoman, Mid-Region Council of Governments, 2011-2013; chairwoman, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2009-2010; chairwoman, City Council Land Use and Zoning Committee, 2006, 2009; vice president, Albuquerque City Council, 2008; president, Albuquerque City Council, 2007; vice chairwoman, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2006-2007; chairwoman, City Council Committee of the Whole, 2004, 2005; other appointments, chairmanships
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: As founder and first executive director of the Sawmill Community Land Trust, I spearheaded the planning and development of Arbolera de Vida, a multi-million dollar, award-winning, nationally acclaimed revitalization project in the Sawmill/Old Town neighborhood.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My family. With my husband of 40 years, Mike, I have raised two bright, caring and responsible daughters. We are the very proud grandparents of three wonderful children.

Simon A. Kubiak

Simon A. Kubiak

Simon A. Kubiak

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
AGE: 40
EDUCATION: J.D. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2002
OCCUPATION: Attorney
FAMILY: Larissa Kubiak; two children
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: County commissioner, 2012; Republican nominee for Bernalillo County Commission, 2012; Republican nominee for Bernalillo County Commission, 2010; member, Rules Committee, Republican Party of Bernalillo County, 2010-present; member, Central Committee Republican Party of Bernalillo County, 2010-present; member, Central Committee, Republican Party of New Mexico, 2011-present; parliamentarian, Republican Party of Bernalillo County, 2009-11
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Opened and maintained private law firm in Albuquerque from 2004-present; founding member of the National Video Game Association LLC; member in good standing with the New Mexico State Bar; member in good standing with the Nevada State Bar.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Happily married for more than 18 years with two beautiful daughters; successfully opened and operate two small businesses in Bernalillo County.

 

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