Dan Has What It Takes To Renew ABQ
Albuquerque needs a proven job creator and entrepreneur when it comes to attracting new jobs to our city and jumpstarting a stagnant economy. In the face of a tough economic climate, Dan has created jobs for Albuquerque families.
Desert Fuels, Inc., where Dan is currently Executive Vice President, is a good example of what an innovative business looks like in modern-day Albuquerque. The company is among Albuquerque’s Fastest Growing companies and one of New Mexico’s top private companies. As executive vice president of Desert Fuels, Dan was singled out by “Business First” publications as one of Albuquerque’s “Top CEOs. With corporate headquarters and staff located in Albuquerque, Desert Fuels does extensive business throughout the Southwestern U.S., with plans to expand nationwide in the coming years.
Dan’s executive experience and economic know-how are already creating good-paying jobs for Albuquerque residents. He knows firsthand the reams of red tape that stall businesses and discourage job growth; and he knows how it must be changed to help, not hinder, our city’s economy.
Dan was elected to the Albuquerque City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, representing the largest council district in our city. Councilor Lewis has fought for critical roadway improvements, championed common-sense solutions to help small businesses, and worked to implement reforms at every level of city government. While serving twice as President of the Council and twice as Chairman of the Budget Committee, Dan worked with City leaders to balance budgets every year, rooted out fraud and waste, and fought for the wise and efficient use of our people’s tax dollars.
Dan is a strong champion of first-responders. He consistently sponsors funding bills and advocates policies that ensure police officers and firefighters are better-paid, better-trained, and well-resourced. While Dan has been a tough critic of APD and AFD brass and command staff, he has always fought for the sworn police officers and firefighters who put our lives before their own every day.
Dan and his wife Tracy just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Tracy is a third-grade public school teacher. Their children, Madison (20) and Jensen (18) both attend the University of New Mexico.
Dan was also the Founding Pastor of Soul Rio Community Church where he served for over 15 years. He volunteers at community organizations such as LifeQuest, a juvenile justice mentoring program, where he serves as a member of the Board of Ambassadors. Dan is also a member of the National Kidney Foundation, and is a living kidney donor.