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Archuleta drops out of Albuquerque mayor’s race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Deanna Archuleta, one of nine candidates who qualified to get her name on Albuquerque’s mayoral ballot, is withdrawing from the race to care for her elderly father.

Deanna Archuleta

“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 Col√≥n; 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.