I know she will do her best to make Albuquerque a safe place to live and raise a family.Earl Holmes
Frequently Asked Questions
Albuquerque is not thriving. Small businesses and large businesses are starting to move away taking with them our jobs, our future and our children’s future. I served 20 years with the Albuquerque Police Department and another 8 years as Chief of Staff with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Our City is in dire need of experienced management and leadership that will make public safety a priority with an implementation plan ready day one in office. I will make public safety a priority. A safe city is a prosperous city.
Additional projects included managing statewide education on internet predators, the dangers of methamphetamine, prescription drug issues in New Mexico, teen dating violence outreach, and education and legal services. I also served as the liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force and New Mexico’s congressional delegation. When I started the first anti-corruption unit at the Attorney General’s office, our goal was to rid our state of play to play, bid rigging and political corruption. From 1984 to 2003 (20-years) I served with and retired at the rank of Detective from the Albuquerque Police Department.
I held positions in the Violent Crimes Against Children Unit, Sexual Assault Unit, Property Crimes Unit, Auto Theft Unit, and Chief’s Staff. I have 28 years of law enforcement experience. I have the skills to bring citizens together, regardless of their political party affiliation and to get government agencies working together to protect us. We need a Mayor who is a proven public servant with high standards and strong ethics. You can read more about my qualifications at michelle4mayor.org
They were just like the women in our community who are hardworking business owners, who put it all on the line every day, achieving the American dream, and just like the teachers who teach because they love to see our young people fulfill their dreams and prosper. My Grandmothers never ran for office, but they took voting seriously and always encouraged us to do our part. Both my grandmothers believed in working hard, getting a good education, and voting for people who would serve the community they lived in. They were both very inspiring!
As Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, I continued my public service working on legislation concerning Human Trafficking, Child Pornography, including Katie’s Law. I also organized summits on various issues like opioid and prescription drug addiction. I assisted the Attorney General in creating the first Anti-Government Corruption Unit at the Attorney General’s office to investigate state-wide corruption issues. As Chief of Staff, I also spear headed a grant funded campaign for outreach and education on methamphetamine abuse. I will bring all that experience to the Mayor’s office. Public safety needs to be the next Mayor’s priority.
I will use my 28 years of experience in law enforcement to find solutions to the many failures in our justice system. We cannot have a national reputation as a crime ridden city and a city to avoid. We need to make Albuquerque a safe city so businesses and tourism can prosper. A safe city is a city that can grow jobs and attract new businesses so our families and children can have opportunity and quality of life.
The chief will be the public spokesperson for the department. There will be no political hires in my administration, I want to remove politics out of our policing and focus on making Albuquerque safe. I worked for five different mayors, seven different police chiefs and for the top law enforcement officer of the state, this experience will help me select a police chief that will serve the needs of our city.
I will create a District Attorney Liaison Unit to ensure that the police department provides fully investigated cases, including all lab work and crime lab analysis necessary to obtain prosecutions, as well as getting feedback from the courts and District Attorney’s Office on how to achieve better results on all cases. I will create a check and balance system of review so all cases sent to the District Attorney’s office will be tracked to ensure that they are fully supported with police testimony and supplemental investigation. I want our officers and detectives to also get feedback from the District Attorney’s office on the cases they have submitted.
We must grow our police department to the budgeted 1000 officers and then evaluate if more are needed. The new leadership of the police department will motivate our police officers to be the hard-working, dedicated, professionals that our community expects, deserves and desperately needs.
Starting December 4th, I will have 200 available police jobs ready to be filled with graduates from our community colleges and universities. We must get a handle on and control this crime wave or the jobs we need for our graduating college students will not be here for them. I believe our crime problem has made our city have the highest unemployment rate in the nation. We are number one (1) in the nation for auto thefts and number five (5) for the most violent city in the nation and both are affecting our business community.
We must support our small businesses and create collaboration with them and our educational systems to ensure jobs are waiting for our young people as they graduate. We should also recognize that not all high school graduates will attend a university. We need more educational opportunities in the area of the trades industry as well. We also need to work with our labs, government and existing businesses on summer intern programs that will help our young people decide what career fields they want to work in.
We must be more business friendly and should discourage the passing of laws like the Healthy Workforce Ordinance, which will cost businesses more money to operate. We must do just the opposite and help small businesses grow and add jobs by making it easier and more profitable to expand here in Albuquerque.
Continually working on our crime problem is also key. We can’t let our small businesses be forced to close by constant auto thefts, robberies and burglaries.
We must make Albuquerque a destination for tourism and develop new national events similar to the already successful Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and Gathering of Nations. We need to make Albuquerque the number one place nationally to retire by promoting our exceptional weather and friendly culture. We need to work closely with Sandia National Labs and the Air Force Research Lab to create new supply lines that local businesses can access.
I will continue to support the existing technology hub and technology growth incubators to make Albuquerque a nationally-known location for tech startups and tech job innovation. We must ensure our national laboratory discoveries stay here to create local job creation, if they successfully transition into the private sector that could mean hundreds of new jobs for Albuquerque. I will encourage the University of New Mexico to incorporate more technology and Innovation courses. We are doing a great job bridging from new tech and medical discoveries to entrepreneurial startups, but we can do better and be even more supportive. We need to keep our new business startups in Albuquerque.
We must evaluate our entire transit system and include how to incorporate transit from the airport to downtown and other main areas in our city. A better transit plan will relieve traffic issues in our city as well. First and foremost, our transit systems must be safe and clean for riders and our transit employees.
I believe the proposed Albuquerque Healthy Workforce Ordinance has constitutional issues and would create a tremendous burden on businesses here in Albuquerque and would discourage new businesses to relocate here which in turn hurts our economic development. Employers would be forced to revamp existing paid time off policies and expose employers to potential legal problems. I would encourage employers to offer sick time or paid time off to their employees. However, passing laws like the Healthy Workforce Ordinance would destroy job opportunities for our city.
We must be able to provide the mentally ill with appropriate services and the treatment they need. We need to provide alcohol and drug treatment for those addicted and living on the street. We need to help the homeless reintegrate into mainstream life by providing the necessary education and job services. I want to work closely with the Veteran’s Administration and veteran service providers so no veteran is homeless on Albuquerque streets. Albuquerque has a big heart for those in need so we must work together to solve this issue and this is a huge issue in our city!
Many parents in our city have lost their children to heroin overdoses and are now trying to have an impact in the area of prevention of overdose deaths and should be included in working on this tough problem in our city. Distribution of Narcan and other drugs that can reverse an overdose, should be readily available to continue to save lives and start individuals on the road to recovery.
We have an amazing arena football team called Duke City Gladiators, our very own Albuquerque Sol Football Club, and our city supports the Mixed Martial Arts and boxing community. I want to build a multi-purpose sports and concert arena in the downtown area with additional parking structures to serve this community and improve the quality of life for the people of our city. I will also enhance our downtown area by creating and supporting a nearby vibrant music and shopping district. Other great cities have organized districts for locals and tourists to visit and enjoy. Albuquerque should too. Albuquerque is ready to break the chains that hold us back from becoming the jewel of the Southwest.