2017 Albuquerque mayoral election
|Elections in New Mexico|
The 2017 Albuquerque mayoral election was a nonpartisan election, held on October 3, 2017, to choose the next mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richard J. Berry, the incumbent mayor, did not seek reelection. This was the first mayoral election in Albuquerque without an incumbent candidate in twenty years. All candidates ran on the same ballot. If no candidate reaches 50% of the vote, a runoff election is held between the top two finishers which was scheduled for November 14, 2017.
The race was non-partisan (i.e., party affiliations do not appear on the ballot). However, "although the election is nonpartisan, a candidate’s political affiliation obviously can play a role in the campaign." In order to appear on the ballot, a candidate must collect 3,000 signatures from Albuquerque registered voters and submit them to the city clerk's office.
Alongside the mayoral election, five seats of the city council were up for re-election. Incumbent councillors Ken Sanchez (District 1), Klarissa Peña (District 3), Diane G. Gibson (District 7) and Don Harris (District 9) were re-elected. In District 5, Cynthia Borrego, who identifies as a Democrat, won the runoff against Robert Aragon, who ran as a Republican for State Auditor in 2014. The District 5 seat was vacated by Dan Lewis, who ran for mayor.
Qualified for ballot
in alphabetical order
- Ricardo Chaves, founder of Parking Company of America (Voter registration: Republican)
- Brian Colón, former chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico (Voter registration: Democratic)
- Michelle Garcia Holmes, former chief of staff for the Attorney General's Office, retired Albuquerque police detective (Voter registration: Independent)
- Wayne Johnson, Bernalillo County Commissioner (Voter registration: Republican)
- Tim Keller, State Auditor (Voter registration: Democratic)
- Dan Lewis, City Councilor (Voter registration: Republican)
- Augustus "Gus" Pedrotty, University of New Mexico undergraduate student (Voter registration: Democratic)
- Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, co-founder of Urban ABQ, a civic group (Voter registration: Independent)
The following candidates announced, but it was unclear whether they submitted enough signatures to get on the ballot
- Eddy Aragon, an independent, conservative talk radio show host on KIVA 95.9 FM (Voter registration: Independent)
- Stella Anne Padilla, retired Old Town resident (Voter registration: Democratic)
Withdrew from race or did not make it on ballot
- Deanna Archuleta, former Bernalillo County Commissioner and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior, (Voter registration: Democratic) - Withdrew from race on May 26
- Elan Colello, CEO of a virtual reality company (Voter registration: Democratic) — withdrew from race ahead of signature-collection deadline
- Lamont Davis - did not collect enough signatures to make it onto ballot
- Scott Madison, Kirtland Air Force Base/Sandia National Laboratories nuclear weapons program worker (Voter registration: Democratic) — withdrew from race ahead of signature-collection deadline
- Rachel Golden, movie theater worker - did not collect enough signatures to make it onto ballot
- Ian Page - Withdrew from race ahead of signature-collection deadline
- Jacob Shull - withdrew from race ahead of signature-collection deadline
- Richard J. Berry, incumbent mayor (Voter registration: Republican)
- Pete Dinelli (Voter registration: Democratic), former city councilor and local prosecutor, unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 2013 and 1989
- James Lewis, president of the Alumni Association of the University of New Mexico, former state treasurer
|Democratic||Augustus "Gus" Pedrotty||6,638||7%|
|Independent||Michelle Garcia Holmes||3,748||4%|
|Carroll Strategies||October 4, 2017||-||± 4.1%||49.2%||36.4%||14.4%|
- McKay, Dan (December 5, 2016). "ABQ likely to see unusual race for mayor". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- McKay, Dan (May 4, 2016). "Albuquerque's mayoral race has its first candidate". Albuquerque Journal.
- Andy Lyman, Long list of potential ABQ mayoral candidates as signature deadline approaches, NM Political Report (April 26, 2017).
- Martin Salazar, Money already pouring into mayor's race, Albuquerque Journal (April 18, 2017).
- Martin Salazar, 9 of 16 mayoral candidates qualify for ballot, Albuquerque Journal (April 28, 2017).
- Terrell, Steve. "State auditor enters race for Albuquerque mayor". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Dan McKay, State auditor announces bid for ABQ mayor, Albuquerque Journal (January 11, 201).
- Olivier Uyttebrouck, Wheeler-Deichsel enters race for Albuquerque mayor, Albuquerque Journal (February 17, 2017).
- Marie C. Baca, Archuleta drops out of Albuquerque mayor’s race, Albuquerque Journal (May 26, 2017).
- Marie C. Baca, Dinelli decides to skip mayor’s race, Albuquerque Journal (February 1, 2017).
- "Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA - Unofficial Election Results". app.bernco.gov. Retrieved November 15, 2017.