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Bushee, Gonzales considering Santa Fe mayoral runs

Javier GonzalesOn the same day that Santa Fe mayor David Coss announced he would not seek a third term in office, two Democrats have emerged to express interest in the position.

Former Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Javier Gonzales is said to be taking a “very serious” look at a possible mayoral run according to a source.

Gonzales issued a statement today after Coss’ announcement and the talk about Gonzalez being a replacement began to heat up.

“Today is a day to thank Mayor David Coss for his service to our great city as Mayor. He has brought stability to our government and has always fought for all Santa Feans.

I love our city. I was born and raised here and believe we have a bright future. I appreciate the encouragement I’ve received regarding a mayoral run but now we need to focus on our gratitude for Mayor Coss’ service.”

What you may notice is no denial — simply saying that it is too early to make a decision and to focus on Coss’ record.

KSFR spoke to Santa Ce city councilor Patti Bushee, who has expressed an interest in the run.

“I’m seriously considering it,” Bushee said when speaking to Bill Dupuy at KSFR. “I know there are other folks who are also considering it and I’m sure you’ll start to hear announcements.”

Bushee worked on a successful same-sex marriage initiative in Santa Fe with Coss earlier this year.

More names will surely come up soon, as the spot will be up for election next year.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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