Editorial: Endorsement interviews

This fall, Albuquerque-area voters will select our next mayor, several city councilors and school district board members and determine the fate of tens of millions of dollars in proposed bonds.

The Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board will be conducting endorsement interviews in these races. To schedule an interview – by Zoom videoconference or conference call – please contact editorial page editor D’Val Westphal at 823-3858 or dwestphal@abqjournal.com.

The Nov. 2 ballot includes:

Mayor; Albuquerque City Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education Districts 3, 5, 6 and 7. It also includes 12 ballot questions for bonds: $50 million for a multiuse stadium; $24.7 million for public safety; $28.4 million for senior, family and community and homeless centers; $27.2 million for parks and recreation; $15.9 million for energy and water conservation; $4.1 million for libraries; $21.8 million for streets; $1.1 million for public transportation; $4.65 million for storm sewers; $3.9 million for museums and cultural facilities; $3.3 million for affordable housing; and $4.5 million for metropolitan redevelopment.

If you request an absentee ballot (at nmvote.org or berncovotes.org), it will be mailed out starting Oct. 5, and that same day absentee voting and early in-person voting at the County Clerk’s Annex begin. Nineteen early voting convenience centers will open Oct. 16 around the city and will remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Oct. 30.

Election Day voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2, with 72 election convenience centers open around the city. For more details, go to cabq.gov, aps.edu or bernco.gov.

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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