Eric L. Lucero has lived in Albuquerque since 1976. After attending UNM, he honorably served our country in the US Air Force and in the US Army from 1985 to 2013. Eric has work experience in retail, private security and in insurance. He has served as a legislative secretary and assistant to several NM state senators and state representatives. He also has been very active in the Boy Scouts of America, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm. He would like to bring his skills and expertise to the city council, representing District 7.
Fighting the scourge of crime in Albuquerque will be my top priority as District 7’s councilor. The police department is acutely under-staffed, and the criminals know it, especially in District 7. From 350 to 450 sworn APD officers are needed to return us to pre-2010 staffing levels. Our city must be made safe before any plans and programs designed to manage chronic homelessness and/or provide critical behavioral health services can successfully take hold
District 7 residents resent and reject the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project (ART) due to its cost, location, and because they were only allowed a non-binding vote after the fact. The incumbent councilor either ignored or was ignorant of their concerns. Eric would not spend another dime on this project.
Eric opposes the so-called 'healthy workforce' ordinance, which incumbent city councilor Dianne Gibson supports. It will harm small businesses by making onerous demands on them such as a mandate to provide sick leave for temporary workers. It’s unconstitutional because its wording says councilors may never amend it.
Eric has received the endorsement of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association Political Action Committee. In endorsing Eric, the group, which represents over 1,000 Albuquerque Police Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department and Aviation Police, said, in part: "You bring a common sense approach toward making decisions that will be fair, competent and based on the principles of what is right. We look forward to your continued support with legislation that is beneficial to public safety and the community." https://nmapoa.com/endorsements/