Bring ABQ to Life with Creativity, Community, and Culture

TURN CITY HALL "INSIDE OUT" TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES
Make city government more accessible by moving services into our neighborhoods, community centers, and schools. Transform city decision making to enable citizen "bottom up" governance and participatory budgeting to ensure neighborhoods have meaningful input.

CHAMPION OUR CREATIVITY & CULTURE
Support the makers, artists, and performers who light up our city by investing in community hubs—Westside gathering spaces, a downtown arts center, vastly expanded use of the Rail Yards—to support year-round collaborative projects and installations.

MAKE THE BEST OF A.R.T. AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Make A.R.T. work for riders and businesses by alleviating left hand turn and dedicated lane problems. Then let’s extend to a city wide Rapid Ride upgrade that connects Cottonwood to Coronado, CNM, the Sunport, and regional transit.

CHAMPION OUR DIVERSITY
Differentiate ourselves as an inclusive city that demonstrates racial and gender equity in our hiring and contracting; and embraces all our residents, including immigrants, refugees, those who identify as LGBTQ, urban Native Americans, and families who’ve just moved here and who’ve been here for generations; restore our city’s brand around our authentic self - a national leader for multi-cultural communities.

STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Close the city’s pay equity gap until wages between men and women are 100% equal. Ensure gender equity in city staffing and contracting. End the city’s rape kit backlog by prioritizing funding to #endthebacklog over vanity projects. Preserve and protect our full range of reproductive rights and options that are some of the country’s strongest. Strengthen anti-domestic violence and human trafficking programs in APD. Promote family-friendly policies within the city, including accommodations for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and in the justice system. Implement sick leave and family leave guarantees along with incentives for city contractors to support these policies.

WOMEN'S HEALTH SERVICES & BREASTFEEDING
Albuquerque works when gender equity is the norm, not the exception. One important aspect of that equity is support for women’s health services. As mayor, I will support organizations working to protect and provide for new mothers, especially in regards to breastfeeding awareness. This awareness starts with education in communities, clinics, and hospitals on ways in which we can better support and promote maternity care. The next step is working to make sure all appropriate health care facilities are “Baby Friendly” certified.  

POWER ABQ WITH CLEAN ENERGY
With our abundant sunshine and wind, Albuquerque shouldn’t just be powering ourselves with clean energy, we should be an industry leader for the nation and the world. Our city should be an innovation center for emerging technologies that can help tackle climate change while providing a blueprint for communities everywhere to earn big returns on their clean energy investments.

As Mayor, I will build Albuquerque into a magnet for solar and wind industry investments. I will produce savings on our utility bills and earnings on local energy generation. And I will help create the kind of career-track jobs that will allow our children to stay here and raise their own families.

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ENSURE RACE AND GENDER EQUITY
I believe in deliberate and directed race and gender equity management. This means being explicit with respect to race equity data across three areas: 1) city hiring at every level from the frontline to upper management to make sure city employees mirror the city population and lead the way when it comes to representing historically underrepresented minority groups, 2) city contracting and procurement to understand if our practices and actual awards demonstrate race equity, 3) achieve a 100% pay equity level at each strata of city employment across race and gender, 4) developing rules, ordinances, policies and procedures to annually track progress with respect to items 1, 2 and 3.

ANIMAL WELFARE
Implement reforms that will improve the quality and efficiency of the Animal Welfare department, including professional decision making by veterinarians. Reform financial practices and reorganize the budget structure to accommodate the cost of surgical supplies, along with other general needs. Transform workplace culture, with an emphasis on fairness in hiring and employment to empower employees to be fully engaged without fear, with an increased emphasis on humane care of shelter animals. Expand the excellent spay/neuter program, which reduces suffering through population control. Elevate our trap, neuter and release program by increasing the scientific monitoring. Greater honesty with adopters about the histories and needs of animals will ensure happy forever-homes and reductions in releases of volatile pets. Strengthening the field division, which contains animal-control officers, are imperative to public safety.