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Mayoral candidate Padilla doesn’t qualify for ballot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayoral candidate Stella Padilla has fallen 171 signatures short in her quest to get her name on the Oct. 3 ballot, leaving nine candidates in the running for Albuquerque’s top elected office.

Padilla, a retired Old Town resident, submitted 2,829 signatures from registered Albuquerque voters, according to the final tally published on the City Clerk’s website this morning. In order to get their name on the ballot, Albuquerque mayoral candidates were required to submit 3,000 signatures from registered city voters by last Friday.

Padilla told the Journal last week that she submitted more than 3,000 signatures. But she said many of her signatures had been rejected.

Candidates who did qualify to have their names on the ballot are: former Bernalillo County Commissioner Deanna Archuleta, a Democrat; former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colón; Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, a Republican; Ricardo Chaves, a Republican and founder of Parking Company of America; University of New Mexico undergraduate Augustus “Gus” Pedrotty; Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, an independent and founder of the civic group Urban ABQ; City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican; State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat and Independent Michelle Garcia Holmes, former chief of staff for the state Attorney General’s Office and a retired Albuquerque police detective.

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