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Cummins Rejoins Council Race

By Jim Ludwick
Journal Staff Writer
    Tina Cummins is back in the City Council race.
    Cummins, who represents District 9 on the far East Side, had announced she wouldn't seek a second term on the council, but she said Thursday she has changed her mind.
    "I've worked hard for District 9 and the city of Albuquerque, and I'm not ready to give up on my constituency or the city," she said.
    Cummins said she has been strongly encouraged to seek another term since making her earlier announcement. Recent council fights over budget issues motivated her to stay in the fray, she said.
    "The biggest part of it was the amazing outpouring of support I received," she said.
    Cummins, who owns and operates a commercial real-estate business, is a conservative who has often been an ally of Mayor Martin Chávez.
    In a statement issued Thursday, she said she will "continue to bring a pro-business approach to city government in a second term."
    She said she has focused on bringing high-paying jobs to Albuquerque while improving the safety and quality of life of residents. She also has tried to give the people of her district "a greater voice in what happens in their neighborhoods," she said.
    "The opportunity to serve the people of District 9 and bring about positive change for the citizens of Albuquerque is worth every ounce of effort I put into it, and there is a great deal left to do. So I have decided to seek re-election and am looking forward to a positive, issue-oriented campaign," she said.