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Chavez wants to make a better salary.
Chavez wants to make a better salary.

election

Close But No Cigar

Three-time mayor Martin Chavez to have lunch with R.J. Berry tomorrow

Mayor Chavez arrived at O’Niell’s and was elegant and graceful in a speech that all but conceded to Richard Berry. He said all the right things, asking everyone to work together and stand behind Albuquerque’s next mayor. Before his arrival the crowd had dwindled, and the Chavez camp tried to pack everyone around him so it would look bigger. He said he was going to spend time with his kids and make a better salary, and he appeared more upbeat than would be expected. In attendance were Chief of Police Keith Shultz and Deputy City Attorney Pete Donnelley, two men probably now worried about their jobs. Unless voting results make a drastic change, it looks like Marty had a good run, but it’s now come to an end.

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election

Crowds a Mayor’s Camp Twittle Thumbs

A good crowd, albeit not a very happy one, is waiting for the mayor to arrive at O’Niell’s. Lots of city workers are present, including councilor Ken Sanchez ... not much to report until Marty’s arrival.

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Albuquerque drops a bomb on Mayor Marty.
Albuquerque drops a bomb on Mayor Marty.

election

Chavez Holes Up

At the Mayor Martin Chavez headquarters, doors are locked. Certain people are being allowed inside to watch results. It looks pretty grim from what I can see. The mayor appears stressed. Reporters are pacing the O'Neill's parking lot or hovering near their cars. We've been told Chavez is going to show up at O'Neill's at 9 p.m.

I've covered elections for 20 years, and I've never seen a candidate who holes up behind locked doors to watch election results.

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Mayor Martin Chavez announces his candidacy at the Taylor Ranch Community Center on Sunday, July 12.
Carolyn Carlson
Mayor Martin Chavez announces his candidacy at the Taylor Ranch Community Center on Sunday, July 12.

politics

Chavez vs. Romero (vs. Berry vs. Rowe). Fight!

To get a preview of the upcoming city races, this weekend I set out to visit former state Sen. Richard Romero’s campaign HQ and then headed over to the Westside for Mayor Martin Chavez’s “official” announcement. (R.J. Berry and Donna Rowe did not have any announced public appearances over the weekend.)

At Romero’s mid North Valley headquarters there were about 60 volunteers who were pairing up to hit the hot neighborhood streets and knock on doors. Romero said in a short interview that he was running because it was time for a change in the city’s leadership. He said he has four priorities: public safety, job creation, education and transparent government. We did not have time to get into the specifics of each priority, but we will. Working for the underdog made Romero’s volunteers a bit on the serious side as they hoofed it through neighborhoods to spread the word about his qualifications.

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I Can Haz Kitty Back?

If your kitty gets lost and ends up in the animal slammer, there is some good newsbail is cheap. The city’s Animal Welfare Department will no longer charge for a lost cat’s room and board, spay/neuter surgery or reclaim fee.

The only charge will be for cats needing a microchip ($9.00) and the city license ($6.00).

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Neither Dukes (right) nor the mayor attended the union forum.
Neither Dukes (right) nor the mayor attended the union forum.

Union Grills Mayoral Candidates

Nothing like a captive audience.

City employees got a chance to question two of their potential future bosses on Monday, April 29. The first mayoral candidate forum was held at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union hall.

The only official candidate present was Richard Romero.

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