Thursday, March 31, 2005
Judith Espinosa Opens Up in the Flying Star
NOB HILL--What luck! I had been trying to find more information about the "other" candidate for mayor and she shows up at the Flying Star this morning. Judith Espinosa has held the post of NM Secretary of the Departments of Transportation and Environment. She is currently Director of The Alliance for Transportation Research Institute. The work of the ATR Institute has a single goal: creating realistic, workable solutions in transportation that address current needs while anticipating future demand.
Readers of this blog know that transportation and the environment are two issues dear to my heart (and should be to all of us). They are changing the face of ABQ and indeed the entire Rio Grande valley. Judith has an immense amount of experience with both causes.
I asked her what the basic difference was between her and Eric Griego. She replied with a single word, "Experience." Well, she certainly has more administrative experience than Mr. Griego. Also, one would have a hard time challenging her credentials in everything from creating a sustainable environment to making a transportation system that works for us.
Electability might be the big issue for her in terms of garnering money and support. But I would say this: this election still has a few twists and turns to it...and don't count her out. Eric Griego has made a lot of enemies. Marty Chavez has not heard the last of the Evidence Room scandal. And I still suspect Hess Yntema may run despite his denials.
What may turn people on to support Judy Espinosa? For one thing her history may appeal to a lot of people. She started out getting a degree in Nursing from UNM. She went on to a Master's from UCLA, and finally a J.D. from UNM. That shows a breadth of experience and growth that is hard to beat. And for another thing when I talked to her she made a lot of sense.
One idea was that the impact fees that are drawing so much attention are just going into the general fund, rather than being set aside for the west side infrastucture. It would certainly seem to generate more trust from westsiders if that money were, in fact, earmarked for them.
So I guess what I am saying is that there may be more than one alternative to Martin Chavez to consider. Take your time. This could be interesting.