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Albuquerque mayoral race starts up

Joy Wang
January 09, 2017 06:49 AM

City Councilor Dan Lewis and former Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Attorney General Michelle Garcia Holmes officially announced they’ll be running for Albuquerque mayor on Sunday.

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Lewis and Garcia Holmes are part of a growing group of potential candidates.

Lewis mentioned lots of ideas about breaking up APS into smaller districts and combine all first responders into a metro safety agency.

"Danger shouldn't be the word people think about when they know of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our city is in a public safety crisis. A rise in auto theft, property crime, violent crime, murder rate and there are fewer officers on the street and fewer criminals in jail. We will make Albuquerque an unwelcome place for those who break into our property and wreak havoc in our neighborhoods," said Lewis.

Garcia Holmes made her announcement at the Albuquerque Country Club. She said she has spent her life working in public service and she will focus on making the city safer by supporting the police department and holding city leaders accountable.

“I am going to bring vision to this office. My leadership will bring vision to Albuquerque. My vision is to make Albuquerque safe again. We need Albuquerque to be a safe city. It's crucial. Crucial. My vision is to create opportunities for people to follow and live out their dreams. My vision is to have an efficient and honest government. To serve all residents of Albuquerque,” said Garcia Holmes.

Others are expected to join the race before the Oct. 3 election.

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