ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ten of the 14 people running to be Albuquerque’s next mayor had sought public financing for their campaigns, but only one of those candidates – State Auditor Tim Keller – has qualified.
“This was a daunting task, to try and get the number of $5 contributions that are needed for this,” Keller said during a Saturday morning news conference. “It’s extremely rare historically.”
Saturday was the deadline for mayoral candidates seeking public financing to submit $5 contributions from 3,802 registered city voters in order to tap into public financing. City Clerk Natalie Howard said Keller was the only candidate who met the threshold. He will receive $1 per registered city voter – roughly $380,000 in city funds, minus the “seed money” he raised – to run his campaign.
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