Create the Vote 2014

Raising the issues of arts, culture, and creativity among candidates running for political office in Santa Fe

Date and Time
Monday, February 10, 2014
6:30 pm
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Create the Vote Santa Fe 2014 is a collaboration of arts, cultural, and creative organizations and businesses working together to raise the issues of arts, culture, and creativity among candidates running for political office in Santa Fe.

The 2014 mayoral and city council campaign gave Santa Feans the chance to discuss the strengths and challenges of our city and to debate our vision for Santa Fe in the next 4 years and beyond. Arts, culture and creativity have a vital impact on the social fabric and economic well being of our city, our neighborhoods and the education of our children.

More than 35 creative organizations and partners grouped together to create a unified voice for Santa Fe’s creative industries through ‘Create the Vote 2014’. The Mayoral public forum for candidates to participate in over flowed with almost 200 community members gathered at the Center for Contemporary Arts on February 10 to hear mayoral candidates Patti Bushee and Javier Gonzales vow to support the creative economy if elected Santa Fe Mayor. With a large chunk of Santa Fe’s economy based on the arts, both candidates promised to be strong advocates and distinguished themselves as the best qualified candidate to take the city’s “creative economy” to the next level.


Arts, culture and creative business activities are the single most significant economic engine in Santa Fe. These artists, businesses and cultural organizations collectively produce 78% of their income from outside Santa Fe. Our creative industries create jobs here and bring new capital into the community.

  • Produce $1.1 billion in revenues annually
  • Earn 38% of new money flowing into Santa Fe from all sources annually
  • Employ 17% of the Santa Fe workforce
  • Pay more than $22 million in city taxes annually
  • Attract $5 for every $1 the city spends on arts and culture (UNM BBER Study)


Creative Santa Fe champions, shares and fosters meaningful policies to advance cultural and creative economic development locally, nationally and internationally.
The first Create the Vote project was to create and disseminate a questionnaire to all 2014 Mayoral and City Council candidates to clarify their position on creative economy issues.


Click on the name of candidates below to read the answers to this Candidate Survey.

Candidates for Mayor

Patti Bushee
Bill Dimas
Javier Gonzales

Candidates for City Council

District 1

Signe Lindell
Bill Dimas
Michael Segura

District 2

Rad Acton
Joe Arrellano
Mary Bonney
Jeff E. Green
Joseph Maestas

District 3

Marie Campos
Carmichael Dominguez
Angelo Jaramillo

District 4

Ron Trujillo


After Hours Alliance (AHA Festival), American Institute of Architects Santa Fe, Artsmart, Center for Contemporary Art, Creative Santa Fe, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Institute of American Indian Arts, KSFR, Lensic Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center, Littleglobe, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, New Mexico School for the Arts, Recursos de Santa Fe, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Gallery Association, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Santa Fe Music Alliance, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Performance Exchange, Santa Fe Performing Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, School for Advanced Research, SITE Santa Fe, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, St. Johns College,Theater Grottesco, Theaterwork, Warehouse 21