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Editorial: Robert Aragon best bet for City Council Dist. 5

JOURNAL ENDORSEMENT

Robert Aragon, a politically astute attorney who knows the intricacies of budgeting and public finance, is the best candidate to represent far Northwest Albuquerque.

The former state representative has been a member of the state Board of Finance since 2011, and has served on transition teams for both Republican and Democratic governors. Now a Republican, Aragon was a registered Democrat prior to 2012.

Aragon, 60, understands the importance of attacking Albuquerque’s intractable crime problem and says the City Council must prioritize funding for the police department to get it fully staffed with well-trained officers. He favors improving pay for cops who have been on the force from one to five years because that’s the time period in which other law enforcement agencies try to hire them away. He’s also in favor of allowing retired officers to return to the force.

Aragon’s familiarity with public finance should serve the city well when it comes to determining the return on investment when the city considers tax increment development districts, or TIDDs, and industrial revenue bonds to spur development.

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We’re also pleased with Aragon’s promises to: avoid financed junkets, schedule monthly open-door meetings with constituents, run for no more than two terms, and make the best of the controversial ART transit project down Central.

The Journal urges voters in Northwest Albuquerque to put Aragon to work on our City Council.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.


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