Tuesday, September 18, 2007
CANDIDATE Q & A Albuquerque City Council, District 4
Questions to Candidates
1. What is the most pressing problem facing your district and/or the city, and how would you address it?
2. Should the city emphasize mandates or incentives as it develops a "green" building code?
3. Evaluate Mayor Martin Chávez's performance. What specifically has he done well, and what mistakes has he made?
4. Should the city build a modern streetcar system?
5. Would you support a rule that prohibits councilors from taking immediate action on legislation introduced that night?
6. What's your concept of how the city should be involved in offering affordable housing?
7. Under what circumstances would you support an increase in the property-tax rate or gross-receipts taxes?
8. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
9. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
10. 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?
Bradley (Brad) D. Winter
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
EDUCATION: I attended Albuquerque Public Schools. I received undergraduate degrees from New Mexico Junior College and the University of Oklahoma. I received master's and doctoral degrees in education from the University of New Mexico.
OCCUPATION: Director of Facilities and Operations for Albuquerque Public Schools. Formerly assistant principal at Highland and La Cueva High Schools, high school coach and teacher.
FAMILY: Together my wife, Nannette, and I have seven children.
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Twice elected to City Council. Elected Council president three times. Ran for mayor in 2005. Initiated and improved the Party Patrol, passed ethics reforms and tax cuts, and successfully fought against the Trolley Tax in 2006.
1. There are two: An inadequately staffed police force, which can't keep up with criminal behavior and citizen calls; and traffic management. We need more officers on the streets taking calls from citizens.
2. The city should utilize energy-efficient building products when cost-savings can be realized in city projects. Incentives should be offered for nongovernment buildings. City government should not force expensive mandates on private builders and homeowners.
3. Chávez prefers special amenities like reflecting ponds, ornamental parks and scuba tanks over basic services, like fully staffing our police force. I disagreed when he tried to raise taxes for a trolley car without voter approval. The Mayor's Office is now a busy political operation.
4. No. A proposed streetcar that would service only Central Avenue would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and provide no functional use for the remainder of the city.
5. Yes, except in the case of a legitimate issue potentially creating immediate public harm.
6. Albuquerque's real estate market is healthy, but the issue should be considered on a case by case basis. We should focus on creating a good environment for business so citizens will have good paying jobs.
7. None that I can think of. I sponsored and passed the only tax cut given a year ago, I supported a second cut last year. Sadly, a political front group lied about my voting record.
9. 30 years ago I owned stock in a corporation that filed bankruptcy.
10. I was cited for disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor) as a teenager in Hobbs, New Mexico, but then was sent home. Otherwise, I have not been arrested, charged or convicted of any crime or DWI.
Paulette de' Pascal
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
EDUCATION: St. Joseph HS, N.Y., TVI Certified Nursing Assistant Program; TVI LPN Program, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, CA., NM Real Estate Institute, BS, MBA, Almeda University, ID, Continuing Education for Real Estate every three years.
FAMILY: Two sons, Caleb, 19, Micah, 17
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Testified in the Legislature
1. District 4's lack of community services for families, seniors and, especially, children. I will make the multigenerational community center a reality by working with the grass-roots community task force, the administration, the council and other governmental entities.
2. Working with all stakeholders to create real "buy-in," we can develop incentives to encourage implementation as well as basic requirements as a leading green city.
3. Mayor Chávez, seeking public input in a variety of initiatives, continued with 5 Town Halls, 7 Task Forces and 16 Enhancement Sustainability Teams designed to create a sustainable future for all Albuquerque. The evidence is in the improved recognition of ABQ both nationally and internationally.
4. ABQ needs a progressive public mass transit system as an alternative to vehicular transportation. We need to bring all stakeholders together to create alternative means for citizens to live healthier and independently.
5. Voters need to have an opportunity to read and consider and the freedom to speak on any proposed legislation by the Council.
6. My vision is for the city to help create opportunities for new developments that include mixed, inclusive housing. In-fill projects could also reflect this vision.
7. N.M. statute requires a balanced budget. The city has a responsibility to maintain existing infrastructure. Tax increases should be carefully considered through public hearings by both city government and voters.
8. No, not according to my knowledge.
9. Yes, personal, on the advice of my divorce attorney.