By Mayoral Elect Alan Webber
Thank you, Santa Fe. There is no higher honor that the people of Santa Fe can confer than to elect someone as their Mayor. I am humbled by the vote on Tuesday. It is a great privilege and a great responsibility—and I want to say thank you.
Thank you to the voters—it was a record turnout. Thank you to all of the candidates in all of the races who worked so hard and put themselves out there in the public arena. Here’s one message the election delivered to all of us: Democracy is alive and well in Santa Fe! It’s important to note on International Women’s Day that, with our new City Councilors, one-half of the Council are women. Once again, Santa Fe is leading the way.
I also want to thank and acknowledge the women who worked so hard on my campaign team: Neri Holguin, my campaign manager, Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Mary Freitas, Beth Charley, and Delyse Fields —as well as the countless volunteers who did the hard work of making phone calls and knocking on doors. I consider myself the beneficiary of a remarkable team of dedicated Santa Feans who first put up the Big Tent and then filled it.
If you’re wondering, the transition begins…now!
Retired Judge Mike Vigil is the Chair of the transition process and Danila Crespin Zidovsky is the Transition Director. The tasks at hand are important: As I said during the campaign, it starts with people—the campaign was all about a team, and so is City government. I’m already meeting with the City Council and key managers in City government; I’m looking forward to sitting down with the other candidates for Mayor so we can de-brief on lessons learned and best ideas surfaced. Email us here to let us know if you are interested in signing on to join the new administration.
The other important work for the transition process is to highlight the critical issues, projects, and concerns that require immediate action. We’ll be putting together a work plan, so we can be clear about the immediate, intermediate, and longer-term agenda, and know where we stand when it comes to getting things done.
Lots to do—and lots of energy and enthusiasm about doing it!
Thanks again for your support and your trust. As I said on election night, as we switch from campaigning to governing, one thing remains the same: I need your help. I need your ideas, your participation, and your commitment to continue rolling up your sleeves to safeguard Santa Fe’s history as we create Santa Fe’s future.
Stay informed about our transition on Facebook @alanwebberforsantafe and Twitter @alan4santafe. If you have any questions, or if you would like to submit a resume and cover letter for review, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.