Many Albuquerque residents do not feel safe, and data supports their worries. The city’s property and violent crime rates have increased dramatically, with the number of robberies, murders and auto thefts doubling in the last three years.
On Sept. 15, over 100 Albuquerque residents came together at four city community centers to discuss public safety concerns they wanted the city’s eight mayoral candidates to address. Those issues were subsequently addressed in a televised town hall debate focused on public safety – an issue that has replaced the economy as the top concern among Albuquerque residents, according to a recent Albuquerque Journal poll.
Most of the time, messages in elections are influenced most by two entities: campaigns through social media or election ads and then through the news media. But for this debate, Albuquerque residents took control of the message, and one by one, stood up to ask the candidates smart, thoughtful questions.
Many of the people’s questions were addressed during the debate, but time prevented the community from hearing them all. To honor the work of the town hall participants and further a healthy nonpartisan dialogue in the race for mayor, we share the main issues Albuquerque residents identified.