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Keller, Lewis to contend in runoff for Albuquerque mayor's seat

J.R. Oppenheim
October 04, 2017 12:01 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- State Auditor Tim Keller and Dan Lewis emerged as the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's Albuquerque municipal election. However, neither candidate has garnered more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning a run-off election this coming November will happen.

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Once all the returns came in, Keller finished on top with 38,156 or 39 percent of the vote. Lewis, meanwhile, received 22,238 votes or 23 percent. Brian Colon was third with 15,562 votes or 16 percent.

The candidates are looking to replace current Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who opted not to run for re-election.

The election became a referendum on Albuquerque's crime epidemic, which has exploded over the few years. FBI data showed auto thefts increased by 178 percent from 2010 to 2016 while robberies increased 108 percent over that same time period. Violent crime also went up by 46 percent.

"We are not going to wait any longer for anyone else to solve our problems," Keller said. "We're going to own that challenge and we're going to come together as a city. We're going to address crime in our city. We are going to create jobs, and we are going to step up for our kids."

"This is a movement," Lewis said. "People are sick and tired of crime. We've got to make this the worst place to be a criminal."

Turnout for the election was about 90,000 voters. Here's how the other candidates did:

  • Wayne Johnson: 9,342 votes, 10%
  • Gus Pedrotty: 6,638 votes, 7%
  • Michelle Garcia Holmes: 3,748 votes, 4%
  • Susan Wheeler-Deichsel: 490 votes, 1%
  • Ricardo Chaves:475 votes, 1%

"We ran a positive, uplifting campaign," Colón said. "If I heard one thing on the campaign trail today, it was people coming up to us constantly just saying you inspired us with your message."

"The community did this. That's exactly what politics needs to be. Money in politics isn't about downsizing. It's about lifting our communities up," Pedrotty said. "And to do this for a whole campaign for less money than it costs for a single consulting firm for a month is the greatest privilege of my life."

You can continue to follow the poll results here.

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