Letter to the Santa Fe New Mexican - Uncovering theft
In April 2009, Mayor Joe Maestas hired me, Andrew Perkins, CPA, as chief financial officer for the city of Española. After arriving, as I organized my fiscal office, I noticed malfeasance, to say the least. I found that the finance staff had been embezzling from the city to the tune of many thousands of dollars. If it were not for the mayor hiring me, the embezzlement and collusion of finance staff could have gone on indefinitely.
Joe Maestas, now a City Council candidate in Santa Fe, should be lauded for his foresight and due diligence, not ridiculed by an opponent. His election to the Santa Fe City Council should be a certainty, as Joe Maestas is a leader with a positive and progressive background.
Endorsed by the Albuquerque Journal North!
District 2: Joseph Maestas. Originally from northern Santa Fe County and with deep roots in the area’s political life, Maestas put in years of commendable service as a city councilor and mayor in Española.
He’s a civil engineer with a master’s degree and has held leadership positions with both the Conservation Voters of New Mexico and New Mexico Voices for Children.
We particularly like his emphasis on trying to bring new life to St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe’s often-forgotten midsection. Maestas presents a nice combination of New Mexico tradition and progressive ideas that puts him at the top of a strong field of District 2 candidates.
My response to Jeff Green's attack website
I'm disappointed that Jeff Green, who is one of my opponents for City Council, created a website attacking my character. Green failed to qualify for public financing and believes he should have been endorsed by the Sierra Club. The website he created is inflammatory and inaccurate. Furthermore, Jeff Green has failed to disclose he's behind, and that's a violation of our City Ethics code.
Endorsed by Two Former City Councilors
I am so happy to be endorsed by two former Santa Fe City Councilors. They are Carol Robertson Lopez and Amy Manning - two respected community leaders who served the city with distinction!!! Thank you Carol and Amy!
Endorsed by the Santa Fe New Mexican (Feb. 22nd Edition)
Proud to be endorsed by the Santa Fe New Mexican. Here's what they said:
District 2: This is the most difficult district in which to choose a candidate — all five are smart, experienced and able to discuss the issues with authority. Joseph Maestas, with his professional expertise (he’s an engineer) and with his background in government (he was mayor of Española) is our choice. Maestas understands how laws are written, passed and put into action. He will be able to ask hard questions when the council considers plans for water or road infrastructure. In addition to serving on the City Council and as mayor in Española, he had an unsuccessful run for the Public Regulation Commission. He understands energy issues, something that would be useful as Santa Fe adds to its alternative energy portfolio. In District 2, Joseph Maestas.
Great New Endorsement!!!
Our campaign has been endorsed by Linda Trujillo, President of the Santa Fe Public Schools! Here is what she had to say about our campaign:
“As a civil engineer and the son of a public school teacher, Joseph understands the importance of a great education. I look forward to working with him to expand the growing partnership between the city and our public school system to improve education outcomes.”
President of Santa Fe Public School Board
Tonight (Feb. 19th at 6 pm) is the Last Candidate Forum!!!
Please attend tonight's final, public candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The forum will be held at the main city library downtown and will begin at 6 pm. See you there!!!
YOU ARE INVITED!
City Council Districts 1 & 2
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Main Library Community Room
Council District 1 Candidates:
Signe I. Lindell
Michael J. Segura
Council District 2 Candidates:
Joe H. Arellano
Joseph M. Maestas
Mary Louise Bonney
Jeff E. Green
Santa Fe Public Library
League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County
American Association of University Women of Santa Fe
More Door Knocking Today!!!
Today, I took advantage of the great weather and my day off to continue door knocking. We covered portions of Acequia Madre, Canyon Road, Abeyta St., and Camino Ranchitos. Our level and intensity of campaign activity are increasing and hopefully we will peak on election day, March 4th!!!
Wearing Out More Shoe Leather!!!
Here is a light moment with our team members canvassing the Acequia Madre, Canyon Road, and Alameda areas this weekend. Most voters are beginning to focus on the candidates and the issues. Our canvassing and mailed literature have been very well-received. Go Team Maestas!!!
Mail Piece #2: Jobs
This week, our second mail piece on jobs and economic development was mailed out to voters in District 2. The mailer was very well received!!! Here is a shot of Brian Boddy of Acoma Optical and I having a discussion about the issues facing small businesses in Santa Fe.
More Phone Banking and Door Knocking!
Today, Team Maestas gathered at my home to phone bank. We are getting an overwhelming, positive response one voter at a time!!!
Engaging Voters Everywhere!!!
I am taking my campaign energy and message to voters not just at their homes but in places like Dulce. These senior citizens were very excited about my candidacy and shared some great issues with me. We plan to win this race one voter at a time!!!
Just A Few More Weeks!!!
Election Day is nearing and the excitement level is increasing! We have more and more volunteers showing up to canvass and phone bank. Please join our team and our march to victory!!!
My Profile (A link to the SF New Mexican, Jan. 27, 2014 edition)
My View (A link to my op-ed published in the Santa Fe New Mexican)
Early Voting Continues!
Absentee voting continues at the city clerk's office in city hall. Absentee voting is very busy with many requesting ballots. There are three roadside parking spaces available for absentee voters in front of city hall. Also, the city will validate your parking ticket if you park in the convention center garage before voting. Please exercise your right to vote!!!
Chatting with my Son
Here is a pic' of my son, Joey, and I having a chat in front of city hall and admiring the recently-dedicated statue of Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. First Class Leroy A. Petry. What an awesome tribute to a local hero!
Door Knocking Continues!!!
The most gratifying part of a political campaign is engaging voters on the issues of concern to them and their families. The countdown to March 4th continues and we are stepping it up!
A Clear Choice
Today's profiles of all city council district 2 candidates in the Santa Fe New Mexican clearly illustrated stark differences among candidates and will begin helping voters to make their choice! Democracy in action!!!
A Light Moment with My Son, Joey
I'm so in awe of my son who is now a young man preparing for high school graduation and college. I'm wearing cowboy boots for a slight height boost but it makes no difference!
Democracy in Action
My campaign continues taking our energy and message directly to the voters at their doorsteps and around their kitchen tables. I truly enjoy listening and learning directly from the voters. I appreciate the opportunity to do that!!!
Endorsed by the Sierra Club!!!
We've been endorsed by the Sierra Club! They agreed that my conservation values through my experience implementing numerous Federal environmental laws, accomplishments as an elected official, and experience as the former Vice President of Conservation Voters of NM were deserving of their endorsement.
We've Been Endorsed by the Northern NM Central Labor Council!!!
On Wednesday evening, the delegates of the Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council voted with a large majority to endorse my candidacy for the position of Santa Fe City Councilor for District #2. I humbled and honored to have received this endorsement.
We've Qualified for Public Financing and a Place on the Ballot!
Today our campaign received word that we have qualified for public financing! We also recently received formal validation of having enough petition signatures to qualify us for a place on the ballot. These are two significant campaign milestones successfully completed!!!Next milestone: determining our place on the ballot by random drawing on Friday, December 6th in city council chambers beginning at 5 pm.
October 13, 2013
Our campaign has received a huge endorsement from the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council!!! Many thanks to the council members that voted unanimously to endorse my campaign for Santa Fe City Council District 2. I am so honored!
October 9, 2013
Stephanie Gonzales, former Secretary of State, has endorsed our campaign! She has been a great public servant to the citizens of NM!
October 9, 2013
Our campaign has received an endorsement from a well-known, progressive husband and wife: Carol Oppenheimer and Morty Simon. They are great advocates for social equity and other issues!
October 8, 2013
Today, our campaign secured the endorsements of two accomplished public servants: Veronica Garcia, Former Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools; and Eric Griego, Former Executive Director of NM Voices for Children. Eric also ran for Congress in Congressional District 1.
September 21, 2013
Today, I successfully completed my third consecutive Santa Fe Triathlon! There were 228 registered athletes and a great crowd of supporters. The City of Santa Fe's Recreation Dept. did a fantastic job in managing the event. There will also be a kids triathlon tomorrow. This event has become a great tradition!
September 20, 2013
I am proud to running for City Council as a publicly financed candidate!
I would appreciate your help collecting $5 qualifying contributions from your friends, family and neighbors who live in District 2.
Download this form, fill it out and send either check (made our to Joseph Maestas for Santa Fe) or cash addressed to Joseph Maestas for City Council, D2, 3999 Old Santa Fe Trl # A, Santa Fe, 87505. Please make sure you send in your contribution by October 31, 2013.
September 17, 2013
Join us for my campaign launch on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30pm-7pm at the home of Larry Ng, 1807 Sun Mountain Drive, Santa Fe, 87505. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.Show More