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Voting begins in two City Council runoffs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s almost time to vote again in some Albuquerque City Council districts.

The District 2 and District 4 runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 10, but early voting begins Tuesday, Nov. 19, at five locations around the metro.

The districts were contested in the Nov. 5 election but neither had a candidate reach the 50% threshold for victory. The top two finishers in each must now compete in a runoff.

In District 2 — which includes Downtown, Old Town and parts of the North Valley — the candidates are Isaac Benton, the 68-year-old incumbent, and Zack Quintero, a 29-year-old legal analyst. Both are Democrats.

The Northeast Heights-based District 4 runoff features Brook Bassan, 39, a self-described “household CEO,” and 38-year-old Ane C. Romero, a deputy legislative director for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Bassan is a Republican and Romero is a Democrat.

Early voting sites are open Monday through Saturday starting Nov. 19. They will close over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-30).

The locations, which are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., are:

  •  The Clerk’s Annex, 1500 Lomas NW, Suite A
  •  Daskalos Center, 5339 Menaul NE
  •  Holly Plaza, 6600 Holly Ave NE, Suite B-6
  •  Los Ranchos Villa, 6601 4th St NW, Suite E, F
  •  The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo, 6001 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite B-3

Applications for absentee ballots will be accepted through Dec. 5. Applications may be made online on the Secretary of State’s website, by telephone (243-8683), or by email (clerk@bernco.gov).

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