Ricardo Chaves has a deep and abiding love for Albuquerque, where his family has lived for 14 generations. The Chaves family is one of the original Land Grant families here in central New Mexico. Ricardo raised five children in the Duke City, and is running for mayor to make Albuquerque a better place for all our children.
A self-made businessman, Ricardo Chaves founded Parking Company of America in 1963. From one small parking lot on the corner of Fifth Street and Copper Avenue (where the main downtown library is now located), Ricardo built this family business into one of the largest privately-owned parking operations in the United States.
Ricardo is a proud graduate of Albuquerque High School. Several years later, Chaves joined a group of investors to purchase the Old ABQ High School downtown campus which had been abandoned and fallen into ill repair. Chaves’ renovation plans became an award-winning complex of mixed-use office space, condos and apartments that has become a vital hub of the downtown area.
Ricardo worked his way through college, graduating with an accounting degree from the University of New Mexico.
Ricardo Chaves will bring a businessman’s common sense to the Mayor’s Office, helping to make government work for the people, rather than the other way around.