Confronted with high crime, stagnant population growth and a Legislature not inclined to support many Duke City issues, Albuquerque needs a mayor who has shown leadership and the ability to unite.
It needs a mayor who can forge partnerships — with its police department, the court system, the District Attorney’s Office, the business community, the U.S. Department of Justice and lawmakers — to attack and subdue the crime that has become an intolerable problem.
Tim Keller, a former state senator and now the state auditor, has earned a reputation for being able to pull divergent interests together for the common good. He has shown he favors transparency in government, and his experience as auditor would prove valuable to keeping the city on positive financial footing. For those reasons, the Journal recommends voters choose Keller as the city’s next mayor.
Keller, a Democrat, won the Oct. 3 nonpartisan election with 39 percent of the vote. Republican Dan Lewis took second with nearly 23 percent. Because no one in the eight-candidate race received 50 percent, the top two vote-getters ended up in a run-off.