Berry: "Haven't Pulled It Off Yet"
Berry still isn't saying anything conclusive. He says he wants to win all precincts first. So even though Chavez left his party, and Berry is staying strong in the numbers, nothing is official.
Berry Gives a Small Speech
I was expecting a victory speech, but Berry just thanked everyone for their support thus far, said it looked good so far. We've got nothing official yet, but we do have 123 out of 186 precincts reporting, with Berry at 42 percent to Chavez' 35.
Sally Mayer Sighting
Sally Mayer (D7 councilor who dropped out of the race for re-election) is one giant smile at Berry's party. She's a big supporter and is pleased to be on the sidelines, stress-free. Mayer's confident Berry's going to win this one, and she isn't afraid to say how happy that makes her. "Chavez reaped what he sowed," she says. "Four years ago, I was one of his biggest supporters ... but I lost faith in his commitment." Mayer had a falling out with Chavez over some of the animal issues in the city.
She says she's going to Chicago for a year to help take care of her grandkids (sometime before March), but after that, she posits that she may be back.
In other ABQ celeb sightings news, Sheriff Darren White is roaming around the crowd as well.
Berry HQ, Part Two
I just caught up with Berry. He's staying away from saying anything too concrete, of course, resting solidly in camp humble. ("I trust the voters. I'm comfortable with whatever they decide.") He spent his day shaking hands in the University, Kirtland and North Valley neighborhoods, with a stop 'round lunchtime at the Owl Cafe for a green chile cheeseburger and chocolate shake. Seems to be holding him over well. He looks good.
V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009
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The Alibi endorses: Richard Romero
Mayor Martin Chavez is really good at a few things. And he’ll never let you forget it.
Chavez has been mayor of Albuquerque for 12 years, from 1993 to 1997, and later for two consecutive terms beginning in 2001. In the past, Albuquerque mayors were only allowed to serve two terms back to back. But Chavez sued the city early last year to have the term limit for the office removed—after he withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate—and he was successful.