“My heart is heavy,” she said in a news release. “I love this city, and I love the people of Albuquerque. I had looked forward to bringing my extensive experience to City Hall to make change in our community.”
Archuleta, a Democrat, received an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and, as of mid-April, had raised $141,000 for her run.
Archuleta, a former Bernalillo County commissioner, thanked her supporters and said her decision was driven by recent developments with her 86-year-old father’s health.
The eight candidates left in the mayoral race are: former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colón; Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, a Republican; Ricardo Chaves, a Republican and founder of Parking Company of America; recent University of New Mexico graduate Augustus “Gus” Pedrotty; Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, an independent and founder of the civic group Urban ABQ; City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican; state Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat; and independent Michelle Garcia Holmes, former chief of staff for the state Attorney General’s Office and a retired Albuquerque police detective.
The election is Oct. 3. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face off in a run-off in November.