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?
7. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
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?
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
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
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
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
EDUCATION: J.D. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2002
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.