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The APS and CNM election is today

Regardless of the snow, the APS and CNM election is happening today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling location here or call the Bernalillo County Clerk's election line at 468-1291. Read about the candidates and the CNM bond here.

APS and CNM are having snow days.

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The most important election you don’t know anything about ... yet: Vote Tuesday, Feb. 1

APS and CNM leadership hinges on your vote

All voters in these districts who registered before Jan. 4 are eligible to cast ballots in the APS/CNM election. Find your polling location at bernco.gov/wherevote or call 468-1291.

• APS School Board candidate Q & As

• CNM Governing Board candidate Q & As

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V.18 No.43 | 10/22/2009

Ortiz y Pino

We Were Mugged!

Why Richard Berry won the mayor’s seat

The morning after the municipal elections, as I was removing droopy “Romero for Mayor” signs from my front lawn while a steady drizzle soaked my jacket into a leaden metaphor for my soggy spirit, I got a cell phone call from a friend (actually, now a former friend) who was calling just to berate me.

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Berry's Next Step

After giving his victory speech, Berry said he wanted to "roll up his sleeves" and get to work. He's meeting Mayor Chavez tomorrow for lunch, and one of his first items of business is to sit down with councilors.

He restated the same things he said during his campaign: Crime is his first priority, and he's interested in hearing APD's ideas about how to address it. He wants to trim some fat from the city's budget.

Berry is the first Republican mayor the city has had for a couple decades. After tonight, the Council is going to lean Republican, too. But Berry says he's interested in working with everyone and just "doing what's best for the city."

Berry is the only candidate to publicly say he doesn't support gay marriage. When asked if he'd like to tell the gay citizens of Albuquerque something to ease their concerns, he said "Albuquerque is a great city, filled with great people. I want to be a good mayor to everyone." He did say during his campaign that he had no plans to change the domestic partnership benefits given to city employees.

The room has mainly emptied out, with more people cleaning up wires and cups than waving signs, but the excitement of Berry's supporters lingers.

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"Hey, We Did It"

Berry's giving his victory speech. He thanked the mayor for his years of service, and Romero for his attitude during the campaign. He's stressing working across borders in the Council.

"Thank you for this great honor."

That's it. Meet your new mayor.

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Berry Takes the Stage

He's going to take the stage. This has to be it. The crowd's going crazy.

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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.

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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.

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Lewis Ahead of Cadigan

The District 5 race is shaking things up. While other Council incumbents are in the lead, Dan Lewis is ahead of sitting Councilor Michael Cadigan 55 to 44, with 7 out of 17 precincts counted.

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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.

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Berry HQ, Part Two

Richard Berry
Richard Berry

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.

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From Berry HQ

I'm here at Berry's headquarters. He's up in his room (he came down to shake some hands earlier before I got here). Lots of smiles all around. This is probably the most upbeat place to be thus far in the evening. Will check in as things develop.

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The Race

The official countdown has begun. Who do you predict will win in today’s election?

V.18 No.40 | 10/1/2009

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