David Coss
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"David Coss" is a United States/U.S. politician who was mayor of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico from 2006 to 2014. He was elected to a four-year term in March 2006 after serving on the Santa Fe City Council from 2002-2006. He was also elected to a second four-year term in March 2010.

As a City Councilor, he co-sponsored Santa Fe's Living Wage Ordinance and supported a subsequent minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour. Coss also supported the Santa Fe Homes Program, an award-winning ordinance that requires 30 percent affordable housing in all new residential developments in Santa Fe. As mayor, he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Prior to his election as mayor, Coss held jobs as director of the New Mexico Environmental Protection Division; environmental scientist for the New Mexico Environment Department; director of the Field Operations Division, State Land Office; director of Public Works, City of Santa Fe; and city manager of the City of Santa Fe.

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I don't believe people . . . should have to risk their health for their jobs.

Right now, our economy is doing very well. We have very low unemployment, good job growth, good growth in gross receipts, so I think $9.50 is working very well. I would like to have a consensus in the community of what the next step should be with the living-wage law.

Being dry in the Southwest, that's not an emergency. That's just the way it is, so we need to have systems and programs in place so we live elegantly in the climate we've all chosen to live in.