Qualifying period for Albuquerque mayoral candidates begins

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday marks the first day for candidates hoping to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque to officially throw their hats in the ring.

As of right now, there are 14 candidates vying for a spot as the next mayor.

On the Democratic side, Deanna Archuleta, former Bernalillo County Commissioner is running. She says she wants to find new innovative ways to fight crime.

State Auditor Tim Keller announced his run shortly after. His term as auditor expires in 2018. He says he wants to build a safe, inclusive city.

Local attorney Brian Colon unveiled his platform to run in late January. He says his focus is on job creation, public safety, and education.

As for Republicans, County Commissioner Wayne Johnson is in the running. He has served as commissioner for the past six years.

City Council President Dan Lewis has been representing District 5 since 2009. He says he’ll embrace change with new police leadership.

Independent candidates include former Albuquerque Police Department detective Michelle Garcia Holmes and Stella Padilla.

Also, announcing candidacy on Thursday is Susan Wheeler-Deischsel.

For a list of the candidates as well as more information, click here.

Each candidate is looking to tackle numerous issues that the city is facing.

From now until October, the race for mayor will highlight issues such as the city’s rising crime rate as well as how each candidate will work with the Albuquerque Police Department as it continues its overhaul after an intense investigation from the Department of Justice.

They’ll also have to be prepared to take on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project. It’s a hot-button issue that’s garnered a lot of attention for both residents and business owners along Central Avenue.

Another thing voters may be wondering is how each candidate plans to revive the struggling economy and how they’ll tackle the job market.

The race is open after current Mayor Richard Berry announced he will not be running, making it the first year in decades that there will not be an incumbent on the ballot.

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