My name is Nate Downey. I’m running for City Council because I want to get our great city back on track.
Accountability. We need to ensure fiscal responsibility at City Hall. With my business background, critical-thinking skills, willingness to ask questions, and work for a local credit union, I am well-suited to protect our community’s finances from error, fraud, and abuse.
Economic Development. We must get serious about jobs and housing. We need to attract existing businesses, start-ups, research institutions, clean-energy jobs, and film-industry projects. The challenge is that Santa Fe’s cost of living is high. The campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (closing in June 2018) represents an excellent opportunity to build the housing that will inspire prospective employers to expand or relocate here.
Sustainability. In my political, business, and social endeavors, I have been a strong advocate for sustainability. I will provide a watchful eye on our water, our parks, and our conservation policies. My activities over the decades have helped me develop excellent relationships with community experts.
Moved to Santa Fe in 1987 to attend St. John’s College (graduated 1991).
Married Melissa McDonald in 1999. We have two boys, 12 and 14.
Started Santa Fe Permaculture (1993) and PermaDesign (2010). The contracting company (which has employed as many as 20 workers at a living wage) and the landscape-design firm continue to thrive.
Produced the popular ‘Permaculture in Practice’ column in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s monthly real estate magazine, HOME, since 1998.
Authored Roof-Reliant Landscaping (2008) and Harvest the Rain (2010).
Served on the city’s wastewater task force and the boards of the Permaculture Credit Union (chair) and Camino de Paz School and Farm.
Worked for 25+ progressive candidates and countless local issues-oriented campaigns including, the 2008 push for ranked-choice voting (aka Instant Runoff).
Studied small business management (1993) and aquaponics (2017) at Santa Fe Community College.
Presented to 100+ audiences about water issues and land use.
Ran Wood Gormley’s chess club for two years and have been a youth lacrosse coach since 2015.
Our home hosts a rescue-puppy, four chickens, a 10,000-gallon cistern, a greywater system, hoop houses, extensive edible gardens, fruit trees, solar panels, and an exchange student from Spain.
I would be honored to represent District 2. To do so, I need help from people like you. Please fill out a form here.
Downey for City Council 1000 Cordova Place #458 Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-424-4444 email@example.com
Election day is March 6, 2018. Early voting starts February 6