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Davis heard many complaints from individuals that most of the input they provided weren’t included in the final plans for ART. One concern in particular was that the project bypassed the international district where a high proportion of residents rely on public transportation, he said.

“More or less it means I start my day at 6 o’clock in the morning going through a dozen or so emails and voicemails from people who need everything from a stop sign got knocked down all the way up to someone who had a problem with the police department overnight and wants somebody to step in and be an advocate for them,” Davis said.

Campaigns around marijuana decriminalization and civilian police oversight are what made Davis run for city council in the first place, and these issues are what Davis is still trying to push forward as he is now running for Congress, he said.

“Finding somebody that knows the City of Albuquerque and our challenges and can help us move forward with the right solutions is just the right person for Congress and so I’m trying to put my hat in there as a city councilman and candidate,” Davis said.

Davis’s work has not gone unappreciated. Kurt A. Oelsner, a local business owner of Chocolate Dude, a candy store and coffee shop, and citizen of Nob Hill, credits Davis with going above and beyond the call of duty by weighing in on the ART controversy.

Oelsner who is also involved deeply in the Nob Hill community as president of Nob Hill Main Street, a grassroots collaborative, created to bring the vision of the National Main Street Program and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Albuquerque’s Nob Hill District noted that Davis could have hidden from the community but did not.

“He could have not made himself available, but he stuck his neck out there and opened himself up to a lot of course questions,” Oelsner said. “I would say he even opened himself up to unreasonable attacks on behalf of some people and I commend him for doing that.”

Adrian N. Carver President of the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association agrees that the business community is a vibrant part of the neighborhood noting that business owners have joined and served on the board of directors for the association in the past.

“We have a major commercial district that sets our neighborhood apart and it’s an important part of living in Nob Hill,” Carver said, “and so the neighborhood association has always had a pretty great relationship with the business community and through any of the struggles we’ve had over the past ten years — the recession, ART — we’ve always partnered with the business community to try to support them because its an important part of the neighborhood.”

“Most of the ways we do that is through preserving the historic character of the neighborhood through things like zoning codes and making sure that when there is development and when folks want to make changes to properties we’re helping to maintain the rules that we have all agreed to,” he said.

Maintaining these rules and fighting for them played a large part in the work the association did with the Counselor Davis’ office this year when the Integrated Development Ordinance did not fully transfer protections enacted by the zoning laws fought for in 2007.