Albuquerque’s mayoral campaign is down to three candidates.
Margaret Aragon de Chávez, a former first lady of Albuquerque, pulled out of the mayor’s race on Friday and endorsed Pete Dinelli, the only Democrat remaining.
The other candidates are incumbent Richard Berry and retired police Sgt. Paul Heh, both Republicans.
Aragon de Chávez said her campaign succeeded in gathering nearly 4,000 signatures, enough to make the ballot, but she re-considered after looking at other obstacles.
“It’s going to be a very expensive race,” she said. “It was a hard decision to make, but I think it’s the right one. I’ve learned a lot.”
Aragon de Chávez is a professional development trainer at the state Children, Youth and Families Department. She used to be married to former Mayor Martin Chávez.
Aragon de Chávez thanked her volunteers and said they accomplished a lot together.
She added that she will help Dinelli and “make sure that we move in the right direction. … We share a lot of views.”
Dinelli is a former city councilor who served as chief public safety officer under then-Mayor Chávez.
Election Day is Oct. 8.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal