Rio Rancho business owners attend Albuquerque mayoral forum

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Residents from Albuquerque’s westside had the chance to meet their mayoral candidates Monday night, but they weren’t alone. Residents and business owners from Rio Rancho joined in on the forum.

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum at Flix Brewhouse on Coors near Montano.

The discussion focused on issues facing people on the westside, and even people in Rio Rancho.

All of the eight candidates except Ricardo Chaves and Brian Colon participated in the two-hour forum.

Candidates were asked a handful of questions concerning infrastructure, job creation, education and traffic on Albuquerque’s westside.

It seemed one of the major topics for residents and business owners in Rio Rancho is crime in Albuquerque. Some business owners said they’ve noticed a trend of crime in Albuquerque then spilling over into Rio Rancho.

“Crime is a big deal, What are they going to do about it? How are they going to change it? What exactly is their plan?” CEO of Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Schalow said. “Over the years it’s gotten worse and worse and not any better.”

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