The following is from a statement from Mayor David Coss released by the City of Santa Fe
Listen to Coss announce his decision this morning on the Julia Goldberg Morning Show, KVSF 101.5 FM
“I want to thank Santa Fe for the great privilege of being Mayor. Today, I am announcing to my community that I will not seek a 3rd term as your mayor. After 12 years in elected office, 8 years as your Mayor, four as a city councilor, I am going to spend more time with my wife, Carol and my family. I look forward to travelling as well as pursuing interests, which I have not had the time to pursue while in office. In making this decision, I have the greatest confidence that our great City will continue to evolve and move forward with new leadership.
It has been an incredible honor to serve as Mayor of Santa Fe. I have worked hard. With the help of the governing body, City employees and the great people of Santa Fe, we have many accomplishments to be proud.
These are a few of my favorite achievements from these last 12 years.
· We have led the nation with a strong and progressive living wage.
· We have ended decades of abuse and neglect of our urban environment and begun to restore a living Santa Fe river.
· We have made nearly $500 million in investments in our community’s quality of life and sustainability. These projects include a new Community Convention Center, the Buckman Direct Diversion Project, more parks and trails, 2 new fire stations, the redevelopment of the Railyard, the upgrade of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, police station expansion, a new southside library and much more.
· We have rescued the College of Santa Fe and helped establish the new Santa Fe University of Art and Design. We have partnered with the Santa Fe Community College and started to build the new Higher Learning Center, making more 4-year and graduate education programs accessible to our working families.
· We have settled more than two decades of land use disputes and completed an annexation program in partnership with Santa Fe County.
· We have encouraged business and job growth with job training, support of entrepreneurs, recruitment of new airlines, industrial revenue bonds for business growth, investment in high-speed internet, support of the arts and support of film and related business.
· We have found a way during recession and a slow economy to continue to provide the city services that are so important to working families, youth, seniors and business. This is largely because our City Manager has led the way to a city government that is more efficient, more transparent and more accountable than ever before. Despite the economic challenges we have maintained good salaries, health insurance and retirement programs for city employees.
· Through all this, Santa Fe has been a leader in support and advocacy for the rights of all people. We have stood with immigrants in their struggle for human rights. We have stood with our LGBT friends and neighbors in working for equality. We have supported workers at our hospital and in our service industries.
I could not be more proud of the welcoming, tolerant and supportive community that Santa Fe is and strives to be.
As I complete my time in office, I expect to work for implementation of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion or LEAD program to treat addicts and reduce drug addiction and property crime. As chair of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities Coalition, I will work to achieve clean-up of legacy wastes at the Lab that could threaten our air, land and water resources. I will also continue to work with citizens and elected officials to find common-sense solutions to gun violence.
I have so many people to thank, a mayor can never say thank you enough. Most of all I thank all Santa Feans past and present who have made our City great, strong and wonderful.”