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Keller, Lewis at odds over sick leave

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City Councilor Dan Lewis and State Auditor Tim Keller, who will go head-to-head in a mayoral runoff next month, walked away with differing understandings of the message voters were sending when they narrowly rejected the Healthy Workforce Ordinance Tuesday night.

Tim Keller

Dan Lewis

The sick leave ordinance was defeated by 718 votes, garnering just under 50 percent of the vote. To Keller, that result means voters want the city to come up with a workable sick leave measure. Lewis took the defeat to mean that voters don’t want the city to enact mandatory paid sick leave.

“Both sides have made clear that Albuquerque needs a sick leave policy that works for all,” Keller campaign spokeswoman Jessie Lane Hunt said Thursday. “While the

next mayor’s first priority must be addressing the crime epidemic and building an economy that works for all Burqueños, Tim’s proven track record of finding common ground to forge a real solution on this issue, including passing the most bipartisan bills as a senator, is exactly what our city needs.”

Lewis has a different take.

“I will always work with the Council, but I will not propose any kind of mandated paid sick leave,” he said Thursday. “The voters made it clear that they are opposed to this law.”

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