Pop quiz on municipal elections: mayor |


They say knowledge is power. But how much of the basics of the city do the three candidates for the best job in Santa Fe have? True to its tradition, SFR questioned candidates for mayor on their knowledge of the city they wish to represent.

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Before the quiz, we made sure to ask the candidates to accept SFR’s Promise of Honor: “I affirm that I will not give or receive any unauthorized help on this pop quiz, and that all the answers will be given. mine. Everyone agreed to play fairly. Candidate responses have been edited for more space and clarity.


  1. What is the average hourly wage for a firefighter in Santa Fe?
  2. What is the median price of a single family home in Santa Fe?
  3. Name two rules that beggars must follow when seeking help on public property.
  4. Explain what is required to request a public record.
  5. What percentage of units must developers spend on affordable housing when building in the city?


  1. SFR used the current list to determine the average firefighter salary at $ 16.10 based on a $ 48 work week – excluding paramedics, captains, leaders, etc. The starting salary is $ 12.23.
  2. According to the latest report from the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, the median price of single-family homes in the second quarter of 2021 was $ 600,000 in the city and county combined. (In the city alone, that figure is $ 495,000. In the county, outside of the city, it was $ 647,000.)
  3. Aggressive begging is prohibited, including touching the requested person without their consent, using vulgar or abusive language, or begging in a group of two or more people. Begging is prohibited in the middle of the street. Begging in one place for more than two hours is prohibited. For all the rules governing begging, see the city code.
  4. State law on public records inspection requires a written request with a description of the record you wish to inspect, your name, date and contact details.
  5. According to the Santa Fe Homes program, 20% of all new development for sale must be affordably priced to buyers earning 80% or less of the area’s median income. For rental housing, developers must set aside 15% for affordable rental housing. Developers can pay a fee instead of building affordable units on site.

Alain Webber

Rating: 3/5

Webber is seeking re-election after his first term as Santa Fe’s first full-time mayor. The co-founder of business magazine Fast Company also ran for governor in 2014 as a member of the Democratic Party.

  1. The average hourly wage for a firefighter in Santa Fe is about $ 22 per hour.
  2. I think they keep that statistic, by county, not by city, at least that’s the one I see reported in the papers, and I think right now we’re in the $ 560,000 zone.
  3. Wow. Good question. Two regulations that they must respect? They cannot come into physical contact with anyone. They cannot verbally threaten anyone. If they are in the medians, they cannot obstruct traffic or represent a public danger for passing traffic. On the other hand, they are protected by First Amendment rights to free speech, which complicates the regulation of begging.
  4. If you are going to drop a [Inspection of Public Records Act request] with the city, we have a formal process that you have to go through … so you have to provide a written request with the specific information you are looking for under the IPRA and your name, we have to inform the people who are filing this request.
  5. Before talking about a specific number of units, there is also a fee that covers a way for developers to provide money to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, instead of the truly affordable units. The percentage that is specified in a development, I believe, is 15% at the moment.

JoAnne Vigil Coppler

Rating: 1/5

Councilor for the first term of District 4, Vigil Coppler has a long history in public administration and real estate. She was the treasurer of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party.

  1. I’ll guess $ 21 an hour. [Vigil Coppler says later by text “To be fair, the question regarding firefighter average hourly should include the Fire Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Battalion Chiefs, Captains, Paramedics, EMTs as well as firefighters. They are all firefighters and report to fires.”]
  2. I think it’s something like $ 461,000.
  3. They should stay in safe spaces, such as medians and sidewalks. I guess they can’t harass people.
  4. You must submit your request in writing to the Archives Division. You should state exactly what you want to collect and you should not expect to get it for 15 days.
  5. We just changed it. I believe 20% now.

Alexis Martinez Johnson

Rating: 2/5

Martinez Johnson is an environmental engineering professional who previously ran for the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico as a Republican candidate in 2020.

  1. I would say $ 14.50.
  2. $ 365,000
  3. Well, they can’t use violence. And the second would be any kind of misrepresentation of what they are doing. As [panhandling] on behalf of any type of business, or anything of that nature … I’m sure there’s a plethora of answers, but from what I understand, they can do whatever ‘they want. When I went to get petition signatures and passed by Cerrillos Road, I had to tell my kids if they could close their eyes because they were shooting heroin in the street and they didn’t. no shame in just going to the side.
  4. I don’t know of any specific form, but I think anyone should be able to submit any type of statement asking for information … I guess you could say it’s just a statement from a citizen asking for a particular topic, with their name and date and you know we should keep it as open as possible.
  5. 20%
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