Radio host zooms into mayor's race - Albuquerque Journal

Radio host zooms into mayor’s race

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Just like that, Albuquerque’s mayoral election got bigger.

In a matter of 14 days, conservative talk show host and radio station owner Eddy Aragon appears to have garnered enough support to get his name on the 2021 mayoral ballot, where he would join incumbent Tim Keller and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales.

Aragon, a Republican, has surpassed the 3,000 petition signatures required to make the ballot, according to numbers posted on the Albuquerque City Clerk’s website late Tuesday.

The qualification still requires certification by the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office, which has already certified both Keller and Gonzales.

Tuesday was the deadline for mayoral candidates planning to run privately funded campaigns to submit enough petition signatures.

Albuquerque mayoral candidate Eddy Aragon

Aragon, 46, had initially filed mayoral candidate registration paperwork in the spring but was going to sit the race out. He had also registered as a candidate in the 2017 mayoral election but dropped out well before election day.

However, spurred in part by recent urging from fellow Republicans, he launched his ballot qualifying effort for 2021 in late July.

“We need our party represented in this election,” Aragon said in an interview Tuesday.

Aragon would be the only Republican on the ballot, though city elections are technically nonpartisan. Both Keller and Gonzales are Democrats, but Gonzales takes more conservative positions and made a high-profile trip to Washington, D.C., last year to meet with Republican President Donald Trump.

Aragon is an Albuquerque native and owner of 1600 AM, where he hosts his own talk show three hours per day. He credited such exposure for his ability to quickly mobilize the necessary support to get on the ballot.

He gathered 3,305 signatures, according to the city clerk’s website, and he did it entirely online.

“We’ve got more than enough momentum, and a lot of people who have jumped behind our campaign,” he said.


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