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Editor’s Note: Today, the Journal continues its election coverage with a look at the candidates in the crowded District 7 City Council race.
Voters in District 7 of Albuquerque City Council face a choice of six diverse candidates this year to succeed Diane Gibson, who announced in April that she would not run for a third term.
Gibson won his first term in a runoff in 2013, then sailed to reelection in 2017.
District 7 is a rectangular district located near Northeast Heights, bounded between Interstate 25 and Eubank and by Montgomery and Lomas.
A candidate must get 50% or more of the vote to win the November 2 election. If no candidate wins straight away, the two best voters will face off in a second round on December 7.
Emilie De Angelis
De Angelis, 46, is from Albuquerque and has spent his 25 year career raising funds for nonprofit organizations in the arts, culture and education. She founded Sarafina Consulting in 2016 as a fundraising consultant for nonprofits in New Mexico and nationwide. Previously, she lived in Chicago for 18 years where she raised funds for cultural organizations such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
De Angelis said she was motivated to take action when her son started doing lockdown drills at school, which prompted her to lead a state section of Moms Demand Action, a human rights advocacy group. rights that helped pass two gun control laws in New Mexico.
“Through my Moms Demand Action work, I have learned a lot of non-legislative things that work, especially in urban environments, to reduce all forms of violence,” she said.
Cities can take action to prevent retaliatory violence, whether in emergencies or on the street, De Angelis said. She also supports increased funding for mental health and addiction treatment, affordable housing and other social programs as a way to reduce homelessness and curb violence.
Originally from Grants, Fiebelkorn, 51, has lived in District 7 for 20 years and owns eSolved Inc., an environmental and business consulting firm.
An environmental economist, Fiebelkorn has worked with the City of Albuquerque on various energy conservation projects, including renovating homes in low-income neighborhoods and updating the Energy Conservation Code of the city to improve the energy efficiency of new buildings.
She also works with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a non-profit organization that develops positions in consultation with the city and other stakeholders on energy and transportation matters before the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission. .
Fiebelkorn said she has worked with city council on a variety of projects and believes she can accomplish more as a member.
“I saw how the city council works,” she said. “I know how impactful projects can be. As a city councilor, I think we can really push the boundaries of progressive policies that really help the people of Albuquerque. “
Fiebelkorn also founded Positive Links, a non-profit organization that educates first responders and the public about the link between animal abuse and human violence.
“We know that 76% of the time, if someone mistreats an animal, they are also mistreating a child, partner or senior in the home,” she said.
Kellerman, 37, is a co-founder of Lavu Inc., an iPad point-of-sale company, and other technology companies based in Albuquerque. He cites the lack of opportunities and affordable housing as the main problems facing the city.
“I truly believe that an inclusive economy is the foundation of what sets us up for the future in Albuquerque and allows us to have an even recovery, or at least start to reduce some of the inequalities and poverty in the city. “
Kellerman is also the co-founder and COO of Uteeni, an online business and service directory based in Southeast Asia. Most recently, he co-founded Quotient Labs, an Albuquerque-based data analytics company.
Kellerman said he wanted to bring his data science background to the city government. Collecting data can improve decision-making in areas such as homelessness, public safety and economic development, he said.
“I believe in using data to track what works and what doesn’t,” he said. “It also shows us, if we set a specific target, are we moving the numbers towards that target.”
Too many people in Albuquerque have been excluded from the housing market, he said. Out-of-state buyers should be required to pay into an “impact fund” to assist local buyers.
Retired civil rights lawyer Montoya, 63, devoted his legal career in the 1980s and 1990s to serving people living with HIV / AIDS. An HIV-positive himself, Montoya started a legal program at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC and the HIV Legal Clinic at the District of Columbia Law School.
Today, Montoya is a co-owner of two property management companies based in Albuquerque, ABQSEA Partners LLC and Barbary Lane. He is also co-owner of Madness Motors, a classic vehicle restoration workshop.
He returned to his native Albuquerque 12 years ago and found that his hometown had become a city “with big city issues,” he said.
“I want to do my best to help the city I love be the best it can be,” said Montoya. “It means reducing crime rates. It means helping homeless people. This means making it a very livable, pedestrianized and sustainable city. “
City council should increase funding for the community safety service, allowing police to hand over non-violent offenders to social workers, freeing police officers to handle priority calls, he said.
Montoya also wants to make the Gateway Center a full-service facility for the homeless and “a model for other centers in town.”
Robertson, 48, is a real estate agent and longtime resident of District 7. Her career has been focused on commercial real estate since 2011 when she joined Colliers International, a commercial real estate company.
Robertson said she was motivated to run for city council by her family’s experiences.
“I see my adult children who are raising children in District 7 wanting to move because they don’t want to raise children in this city,” she said. “So I’m trying to stand up for our families and make a better Albuquerque.”
Former president and founder of the nonprofit Sandia High School Football Boosters, Robertson said reducing crime and improving education is key to improving Albuquerque’s economy.
Robertson said she wanted to see an “exit strategy” for the US Department of Justice settlement agreement and believed the Albuquerque Police Department had corrected its problems.
“We have to keep our eyes open on the bad eggs, but we have to move in a positive direction by supporting our police officers, not by knocking them down,” she said.
Longtime community activist Valdez, 70, said the two major issues facing the city are police reform and homelessness. As the executive director of Vecinos United, a group of community activists, Valdez said he has 30 years of experience working for effective civilian police oversight.
The city’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency board, formed in 2014, has struggled to exercise its authority over the Albuquerque Police Department, Valdez said. He doesn’t think the other candidates in the race are equipped to tackle the problem.
“It takes someone experienced to find out where it’s broken, and then you can fix it,” Valdez said. The city’s settlement agreement with the Justice Ministry is expected to remain in place until real reforms are passed, he said.
The city also has a “moral obligation” to provide permanent housing to people chronically homeless due to mental or physical disabilities and who cannot work, he said.
For homeless people who can work, the city should provide affordable housing and charge declining rents based on the resident’s income.
Q&A Albuquerque District 7 City Council Emilie De Angelis
Name: Emilie De Angelis Political Party: Democrat Age: 46 Education: Bachelor of Arts, St. Mary’s…
Q&A Albuquerque City Council District 7 Tammy Fiebelkorn
Name: Tammy Fiebelkorn Political Party: Democrat Age: 51 Education: MA, Natural Resource Economics, State of Colorado…
Q&A Albuquerque District 7 City Council Travis Kellerman
Name: Travis Kellerman Political party: Democrat Age: 37 Education: BA in politics and history, UNM,…
Q&A Albuquerque District 7 City Council Mauro Montoya
Name: Mauro Montoya Political Party: Democrat Age: 63 Education: JD, George Washington University National Law…
Q&A Albuquerque District 7 City Council Lori Robertson
Name: Lori Robertson Political Party: Republican Age: 48 Education: Sandia High School; attended UNM Occupation:…