The Journal Editorial Board is endorsing incumbents in three of the four Albuquerque City Council races on the ballot – but not for a lack of talented challengers.
In several of the races, a number of passionate, intelligent and promising candidates have presented themselves to voters. Robert Blanquera Nelson, Zackary Quintero, Ane Romero, Gina Dennis and Maurreen Skowran are the types of people Albuquerque needs on its side, fighting to build a better city.
That said, it’s a crucial time for Albuquerque to have a capable, dedicated and savvy City Council and a balance of progressives with plenty of good ideas and conservatives who will demand an accounting of public dollars. And with strong voices in the Mayor’s Office and the governor’s mansion, it’s imperative councilors have equally strong and independent voices.
District 2 – Isaac Benton
Benton has represented Downtown on the City Council for the past 14 years and earned his reputation as a bulldog who gets things done. A progressive Democrat with a background in architecture, Benton has pointed to workforce housing and the city’s purchase of the Rail Yards as two of his proudest accomplishments.