Keller, a Democrat, is one of eight mayoral candidates on the ballot. Election day is Oct. 3.
The website and television and radio spots, which began airing this week, accuse Keller of choosing to protect “sex offenders over our children.” The ad refers to a bill he voted for as a state senator in 2011 that would have prohibited local governments from adopting rules or laws restricting where sex offenders could live. The bill, which was backed by the state Attorney General’s Office, would have allowed residency restrictions as a condition of probation or parole. The measure was voted down.
Connie Monahan, statewide coordinator for SANE and co-chair of the state Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Memorial Task Force, said in a news release that she has worked with Keller for three years on bringing attention to the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits in New Mexico.
“He is a champion for sexual assault survivors,” Monahan said. “He is focused on public safety and ensuring accountability among the agencies responsible for fixing the problem.”
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