Q&A Albuquerque District 7 City Council Emilie De Angelis


Emilie De Angelis

Name: Emilie De Angelis

Political party: Democratic

Age: 46

Education: Bachelor of Arts, St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, 1997

Occupation: Owner and Director, Serafina Consulting, 2017-present. Consultant in philanthropic fundraising for arts, culture, education and other non-profit organizations at local and national level.

Family: Husband Bert Davenport, one child

Relevant experience: Led the state chapter of moms’ rights group, Moms Demand Action, for four years, turning it into a statewide force for change that passed two landmark bills on public safety in the Roundhouse. Chairman of the city’s public art council. Extensive professional experience in the non-profit sector, making transformative investment projects possible.

Campaign website: EmilieABQCouncil.com

What is the biggest problem your district is currently facing and how would you deal with it?

Violent crime threatens our public safety, our quality of life and our economic progress. We must address the root causes with evidence-based community violence response programs that help reduce violence; and expand the Department of Community Safety. Equally important is a fully sustainable plan for the preservation of water and clean energy in our city.

What, if anything, can the Council do in law to reduce crime?

Grow Albuquerque Violence Intervention Program; create a response team for our emergencies to stop retaliation after the shootings; launch a community outreach program in the street; prioritize 24-hour emergency services for young people up to the age of 24; expand and deepen APD community policing; ensuring that our 911 and 242-COPS lines are fully staffed and responsive.

The ODA continues to operate under a US Department of Justice settlement agreement that outlines reforms, policy changes, and mandatory training that police must complete over several years. Should the city continue with this agreement or try to change it? If so, how should the city try to change it?

Our responsibility to uphold the agreement is essential to building public confidence and the safety of every citizen. The role of Superintendent Sylvester Stanley is central to his terms, overseeing fault investigations, training, relationship with the DOJ; he needs our support. I see misconduct investigations as the main problem with reform.

About 31% of all city general fund spending currently goes to the police department. Is this the correct amount? If not, should it be higher or lower and why?

It should be less. Instead of charging APD with so much fallout, we should prioritize tackling the root causes of violence, crime. Funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and services for mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and abused / neglected youth is essential.

What else do you think in the city’s current budget should have more or less funding and why?

I support increasing budgets for homeless prevention and direct services, workforce education programs, training and local business resources, clean energy prevention initiatives and water and park recreation programs that provide our youth with opportunities for recreation, enrichment and development.

Under what circumstances, if any, would you be in favor of raising taxes?

I’m more interested in closing tax loopholes and giveaways to businesses and will never support a regressive and disproportionately heavy tax on low income and struggling families.

What’s your best idea for boosting the city’s economy?

Investing in the talent of citizens is the highest priority of the ABQ Economic Development’s strategic plan. I strongly support their goal of educating the workforce. Initiatives that develop and connect local talent with employers in an inclusive manner are powerful for growth, especially in aerospace, bioscience, renewable energy, film, professional services and manufacturing .

If city voters approve a $ 50 million gross revenue tax liability for a new multi-purpose football stadium, where do you think it should be built?

Any site must have a community impact study on the needs of the neighborhood and a plan to stabilize the impacts on existing residents, in particular to prevent tenants from being evicted. Other cities that have successfully navigated building new stadiums have followed these steps.

What specific strategies do you have to reduce homelessness?

We need to increase funding and the development of services for mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and youth in crisis, as well as homeless shelters, affordable housing and training programs. workforce.

What must the city do to ensure the success of its first Gateway Center?

Connect the center to a larger plan with affordable housing and communicate it in a cohesive way like how we offer options and hope as a city. Commit to building additional shelters to ensure a functional, efficient and accessible network of locations that is not too dependent on a single area.

What should the city do, if anything, for people living on the streets who don’t want to stay in a shelter?

Most people who withdraw from shelters have legitimate concerns about their personal safety and theft. It is important to manage shelters to avoid overcrowding and abuse. The presence of medical services will help. Women should have their own safe space as many are victims of trauma.

What major infrastructure projects would you push for in the city’s next capital implementation program?

Affordable housing, stormwater drainage in older residential areas currently inundated, water conservation upgrades, solar power projects, future homeless shelters, traffic calming projects, treatment of properties with breaches of the code, improvements to public transport, urban forestry and park improvements (especially divested neighborhoods), and metropolitan redevelopment projects.

What plans do you have to improve the quality of life for residents of Albuquerque?

Reduce crime, violence and poverty. Increase public safety and the growth of quality jobs. Ensure that improvement projects are treated as opportunities to encourage refilling; create pedestrian, cycling and public transport amenities; stimulate businesses that particularly attract pedestrian traffic; and sustainably improve the beauty of our built environment and our relationships with the community.

What makes you different from your opponents?

I have more than once passed difficult state-level public safety legislation and brought together a wide range of voters to focus rigorously on critical political priorities. I have a deep understanding to address the root causes of violence and crime with innovative measures.

Name an issue not mentioned in the above questions that you plan to address as an advisor?

It is extremely important that our city councilors care about the voices of our constituents. I am a hard worker, I will have an open door and listen to all the individuals and groups who bring ideas, creativity and enthusiasm to make Albuquerque a safer, more sustainable place. and more beautiful where to live.

Personal history

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to state or federal tax liens?


2. Have you ever been involved in personal or business bankruptcy proceedings?


3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with or convicted of impaired driving, any misdemeanor or felony in New Mexico or any other state?



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