Saturday, January 23, 2010
Maggie Hart Stebbins Launches Bid for Bernalillo County Commissioner (with Photos)
This afternoon, Maggie Hart Stebbins launched her campaign for Bernalillo County Commissioner at the Carpenters Union Hall in Albuquerque. A large turnout was there to cheer her on, including many supporters from District 3, which includes the University of New Mexico, Uptown/Winrock, Kirtland Air Force Base, South East Heights and Nob Hill areas, as well as many political notables and elected officials.
As Commissioner, Hart Stebbins said she will continue to make our county government more accountable and responsive to our families and community. She said her priorities would include rebuilding and investing in our local economy so that jobs stay in Albuquerque; protecting our natural resources; setting the highest ethical standards and ending corruption; working to make healthcare more affordable; and supporting public safety strategies that address root causes of crime.
"As County Commissioner I’m giving back to the community where I was raised and that I care for deeply. It’s an honor to represent the neighborhoods, businesses, and families of District 3,” Hart Stebbins said. “I am grateful the diversity of support I’ve received and which is represented here today.”
“These are tough times, and the recession means we must be focused and aggressive in reviving our struggling economy. This is why I believe we must use our economic resources to invest in local businesses,” she said.
Also speaking to her priorities, Hart Stebbins stated, “I strongly believe we have a responsibility to use our taxpayer dollars wisely. This means we must get rid of fraud and abuse that siphon money from crucial public services.” Earlier this month, Maggie Hart Stebbins authored Bernalillo County’s new Anti-Corruption Law which makes reporting fraud and abuse easier for residents while ensuring worker whistleblower protections.
According to Hart Stebbins, since her appointment in May she has promoted smarter water use and helped pass the recent water reuse and conservation initiatives that save 400 million gallon of water a year; she’s made prescription medicines more affordable by restoring the Bernalillo County Prescription Drug Discount Card; to reduce drunk driving she’s worked with local businesses to expand the county’s Safe Ride Program; and worked to fix county jail problems and has worked with jail staff, community leaders and service providers to help break the cycle of crime and incarceration.
Hart Stebbins lives in the Albuquerque with her husband, Eric, and four children.
The Democratic Primary election is June 1, 2010.
Maggie Hart’s Campaign Kick-Off Host Committee includes:
Dr. Javier Aceves, Jim Baca, C. Shannon Bacon, Bruce Barnaby, Nancy Bearce, Charlie Bennett, Ariel Bickel, Mary Ellen Broderick, Cristy Carbon-Gaul, Martha Cole McGrew, Suzanne Danciger-Garcia, Kristina Daniels, Herb Denish, Nancy Denker, Reginald Fitz, Dr. Frank and Zora Hess, Bill Hoch, Clara Holguin, Reyna Juarez, Norty Kalishman, Christina Kennedy, Lissa Knudsen, Idalia Lechuga-Tena, Victor Limary, Bounphom Limary, Lenton Malry, Bobbie Nobles, Judith A. Pratt, Angela R. Sandoval, Don Schiff, Delphina Tenorio, Carmie Toulouse, Teresa Trujillo, Stephen Whitman, Barb Wold;
And Senator Cisco McSorley, Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Senator Eric Griego, Senator Tim Keller, Senator Tim Eichenberg, Rep. Danice Picraux, Rep. Al Park, Rep. Mimi Stewart, Rep. Karen Giannini, Rep. Gail Chasey, City Councilor Ike Benton and former US Senator Fred Harris.
All photos by M.E. Broderick.
Great candidate. Great event!
Posted by: Old Dem | Jan 23, 2010 7:04:14 PM
I would like to echo the support of Commissioner Stebbins. She is clearly competent, dedicated and most importantly has demonstrated the character and courage to stand up for higher standards of conduct and competence in government.
We need four more just like her.
Posted by: ched macquigg | Jan 24, 2010 9:56:27 AM
It is wonderful to have such a qualified candidate with integrity.
Cream rises to the top.
Posted by: bg | Jan 24, 2010 9:09:32 PM