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About Don Harris
Councilor Harris has served his community as New Mexico’s Assistant Attorney General and as Assistant Albuquerque City Attorney representing law enforcement.
Councilor Harris began practicing law after graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He continues this work as a private attorney along with his duties as a City Councilor.
Improving the lives of children is an important issue in his professional and personal life. Councilor Harris has focused his attention on the need for foster parents and the adoption of children with special needs. Councilor Harris has been a foster parent himself on several occasions and adopted his last foster child into his home. This sense of family has driven him to fight for the families of District 9 through several projects including building new parks, community centers, and making the area more inviting. Ensuring sufficient fire protection through the construction of a new fire station and strong coordination with the Albuquerque Police Department are crucial factors in providing a safe environment for all the residents of Albuquerque.
In 2009, Councilor Harris won re-election to a second term as your District 9 councilor. Listed below are his current committee assignments, in addition to these Councilor Harris was Council President in 2010.
Councilor Harris’ Vision for a Stronger Community
Revitalization of the Route 66 Corridor will require a combination of public and private investments in the area. Councilor Harris believes that small businesses are the backbone to any local economy including East Gateway. By Working with business owners and associations in the area, the perception of the Route 66 region will change, allowing for a more inviting neighborhood for families.
In an effort to make District 9 more inviting, projects to clean up and rebuild current parks and community centers can drive new interest in the area. The introduction of new activity hubs, such as a community center in the center of the district and the addition of a public library are projects that are currently being pursued. Utilizing our unique open space is a significant factor in creating an environment that is welcoming to hikers and everyday residents connecting with nature close to home. Making the city not only business friendly, but also esthetically pleasing is important to the morale and reputation of an area such as East Gateway.
Transportation is an aspect of growing the local economy that Councilor Harris has been focused on, including the Juan Tabo and Southern expansion project. Improving mass transit, individual car travel, and bike paths are all portions of the overall solution to attracting new jobs to the area.
With the necessary transportation within, to, and from the area – Councilor Harris and his office have begun working with planners and developers to get key projects started.
Through this economic growth, new families will call District 9 their home. Councilor Harris has always made every effort to create safe neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque and he will continue to do so. Coordination with our police department and local neighborhood associations will create a more aware community.
New modes of transportation, revitalized homes, high-tech jobs, and a safe environment will drive a new standard for a stronger community, one we can all be proud of.
Current Committee Appointments
- Land Use, Planning & Zoning Committee
- Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission
- Mid-Region Council of Governments
- Regional Transit District
- Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
Contact Councilor Harris’ Office
Phone: (505) 768-3123
Information about the Police Oversight Task Force.
Information about Albuquerque Rail Yards Redevelopment.
This project will identify improvements for pedestrians and other users along this busy transit corridor.
Areas of Albuquerque that are thriving have an identity that everyone recognizes. The Nob Hill area and the Downtown area are good examples. Those identities do not just happen. They must be planned and nurtured.
Information about the Girard Boulevard Complete Streets Master Plan.
This project was initiated at the neighborhood’s request for improvements at the park.
Councilor Rey Garduño and the City of Albuquerque Planning Department are undertaking the development of a Sector Development Plan for the area from San Mateo to Wyoming and Lomas to the southern City limits.
Latest Update on Proposed Roundabout at Rio Grande and Candelaria.
Paseo del Volcan is an essential long-range need for our region. Preparing for this road now will encourage good quality, well-planned development for the west side of the region in the future. This will open up the possibility of future employers and in turn address the jobs/housing imbalance and congestion. It’s time to move this project from the back burner to the front burner.
In 2008, a consultant was hired to develop a concept plan for West Central, including short-term and long-term design concepts for a “Complete Street” from 8th St. to Rancho Seco.
The Paseo del Norte and I-25 Interchange improvements have been a high priority for the City of Albuquerque and the Metropolitan Area for many years. Construction began on October 15, 2013 and should take around 18 months to complete. The New Mexico Department of Transportation is overseeing this project. Traffic engineers and consultants will work to ensure that minimal disruption is experienced during the construction period but we all ask for your patience as we move forward with these important improvements.