Tim Keller wins Albuquerque's mayoral race
KOB.com Web Staff
November 15, 2017 09:07 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tim Keller will become Albuquerque's next mayor.
Keller, a Democrat, racked up 37,940 votes in early and absentee ballots while his opponent, Dan Lewis, had 22,511. Shortly after those numbers came down Tuesday evening, Lewis conceded the race to Keller.
Keller takes office on Dec. 1 and will replace two-term Mayor Richard Berry, who did not seek re-election.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to represent all of Albuquerque as your next mayor," Keller said.
The current state auditor ran on a platform that includes revamping the Albuquerque Police to tackle the city's rising crime rate. Keller also promises to focus on local business, to create jobs and grow the city's economy.
With the final vote totals in after 9 p.m., Keller secured 62 percent of the vote (60,219) while Lewis has 38 percent (36,594).
RAW VIDEO: Keller delivers victory speech
The turnout at Hotel Andaluz for Keller's victory party was huge. Many people stuck around to soak in the moment and everyone rejoiced in those results.
VERY CROWDED. Keller speaking after Dan Lewis concedes. pic.twitter.com/06GLGBKabG— Brittany Costello (@BrittanyKOB) November 15, 2017
Keller addressed the city and his supporters, thanking them for really making this happen.
"The new mayor, regardless of who it is, needed a very clear mandate, and I think the good news is the voters said that," he said. "We need a lot of changes in Albuquerque, and I think what this kind of margin shows is people are ready."
Keller said those changes will take a city-wide, community effort to achieve, but he is ready to tackle key issues, like crime, head on. He said the work starts tomorrow.
When the early voting numbers revealed Keller had a clear lead and Lewis conceded before 8 p.m. Lewis remained at his watch party-hugging and thanking his supporters as well as his family. The city councilor hopes that the transition for the new mayor will be a seamless one.
"So I want to congratulate Tim Keller for the win tonight, for his team and everyone who supported him," Lewis said. "I’m going to work hard I’m going to continue to work hard as a businessman in this city."
RAW VIDEO: Lewis concedes mayoral race
Lewis will continue working in the private sector and spend time with his family. He still has two more city council meetings before he finishes his term.
Keller is a businessman-turned-public servant who politics with a successful state Senate campaign in 2008. He represented Albuquerque's International District, rising to the rank of majority whip.
He was then elected state auditor in 2014 and created New Mexico's first government accountability office.
Keller is an Albuquerque native who graduated from St. Pius X High School and went on to attend Notre Dame and Harvard Business School.
He and his wife, Liz, have two young children. His campaign website also states he's a devotee of heavy metal music, art history, and food.
Keller ends this campaign with one fresh stain on his record. On Monday, he was found to have broken campaign finance rules by taking donations meant for goods and services.
His campaign was not allowed to accept money because it was publicly financed. The ethics board decided against any punishment. Keller says the violations were not intentional.
DISTRICT 5 SEAT DECIDED
Lewis' decision to run for mayor left his City Council District 5 position open. Cynthia Borrego won that race with 54 percent of the vote (6,005). Her opponent, Robert Aragon, had 5,113 votes.
District 5 is on Albuquerque's West Side.
Borrego pledged to work with Keller from day one and reform APD.
"Seven months ago, I got in this race because I was sick and tired of the direction this city was headed," she said. "The crime that plagues this city has to stop, we must bring back our economy, and we must invest into our children's education. This has been a hard-fought race, and I am humbled by tonight’s results, voters are hungry for real change, they want to be taken seriously and make sure the issues are actually being addressed."
KOB.com Web Staff
Updated: November 15, 2017 09:07 AM
Created: November 14, 2017 05:10 PM
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