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ABQ residents set to choose their new mayor

After hundreds of thousands of dollars raised, more than 50 debates, and countless hours spent by City Councilor Dan Lewis and state Auditor Tim Keller trying to appeal to Albuquerque residents, it’s now up to the voters to decide which one will be the best mayor.

Today is Election Day. Registered city voters can cast their ballots at any of 53 voting centers across the city, but must present a photo ID. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayoral candidates Tim Keller and Dan Lewis

Mayoral candidates Tim Keller, left, and Dan Lewis

Keller, a Democrat, and Lewis, a Republican, were the top two vote-getters in the Oct. 3 mayoral election. Today’s runoff is required because none of the eight mayoral candidates on the Oct. 3 ballot received 50 percent of the vote.

Also on today’s ballot is the District 5 City Council runoff between attorney Robert J. Aragon and retired planner Cynthia D. Borrego. Aragon is a Republican and Borrego is a Democrat.

This is the first time Albuquerque has had a mayoral runoff since 1993.

The city election is a nonpartisan election, but both candidates have strong support from their respective party’s voters, according to a Journal Poll published Sunday.

According to City Clerk Natalie Howard, more than 57,572 Albuquerque residents took advantage of early voting for today’s runoff, surpassing the early voting total for the Oct. 3 election by more than 16,000 votes. Another 2,801 registered voters had returned absentee ballots, according to data provided by Howard.

The new mayor takes the reins Dec. 1 from Mayor Richard Berry, who has served two terms and had said he would not seek a third one.


Where to vote

Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can go to any of the following sites. A government photo ID is required.

7 Bar Elementary School, 4501 Seven Bar Loop NW

98th and Central (Bernalillo County Rental), 120 98th NW, Suite A5

Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales SW

Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE

Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW

Arroyo del Oso Elementary School, 6504 Harper Drive NE

Bandelier Elementary School, 3309 Pershing SE

Barelas Senior Center, 714 7th SW

Bear Canyon Senior Center, 4645 Pitt NE

Canyon Club (Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills SE

Caracol Plaza, 12500 Montgomery NE

Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE

Chaparral Elementary School, 6325 Milne NW

Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE

City of Albuquerque Records Center, 604 Menaul NW

Copper Pointe Church, 10500 Copper NE

Daskalos Plaza, 5339 Menaul NE

Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina NW

Edward Gonzales Elementary School, 554 90th SW

Eisenhower Middle School, 11001 Camero NE

Grant Middle School, 1111 Easterday NE

Herman Sanchez Community Center, 1830 William SE

Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE

Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper NE

Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche NE

Inez Elementary School, 1700 Pennsylvania NE

Jackson Middle School, 10600 Indian School NE

Jeanne Bellamah Community Center, 11516 Summer NE

Jefferson Middle School, 712 Girard NE

Ladera Golf Course, 3401 Ladera NW

Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE

Los Altos Plaza, 4200 Wyoming NE

Los Griegos Multi-Service Center, 1231 Candelaria NW

Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, 6811 Taylor Ranch NW

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE

Mark Twain Elementary School, 6316 Constitution NE

Montezuma Elementary School, 3100 Indian School NE

North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE

North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th NW

OƱate Elementary School, 12415 Brentwood Hills NE

Painted Sky Elementary, 8101 Gavin Drive NW

Pajarito Elementary School, 2701 Don Felipe SW

Paradise Hills United Methodist Church, 4700 Paradise NW

Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE

Petroglyph Plaza, 8201 Golf Course NW, Suite D1

S.R. Marmon Elementary School, 1800 72nd NW

Sandia High School, 7801 Candelaria NE

University of New Mexico SUB, 301 Cornell Drive NE

Ventana Ranch Elementary School, 6801 Ventana Village NW

Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow NW

West Mesa Community Center, 5500 Glenrio NW

Westgate Community Center, 1400 Snow Vista SW

Whittier Elementary School, 1110 Quincy SE