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What's D7's Write-In David Green Up To Today?

He spent the morning knocking on doors and handing out business cards with his campaign website and a brief bio. As we speak, he's sending out e-mails, reminding people to vote.

He's put up a webpage with his responses to questions posed to official candidates by the likes of the League of Women Voters and the Albuquerque Journal. Those organizations wouldn't publish his questionnaire, he says, using the logic that if a candidate couldn't get the required signatures to get on the ballot, they weren't serious enough to include.

But Green did get the signatures. He collected more than enough. He just spaced the deadline "after losing sight of events that week," he says. If he had turned everything in on time, he would be one of two newcomers in the District 7 race. As things stand, Michael Cook will be the only candidate on the ballot. Incumbent Sally Mayer dropped out a few weeks ago.

Green already cast his ballot. He's not a Mayor Martin Chavez fan, so his vote went to Richard Romero. "I'm encouraging people to show their opposition to Chavez," he says.

He's going to drop in on the Romero and Berry campaign headquarters later this afternoon, as well as Councilors Michael Cadigan, Isaac Benton and Don Harris. "It's part of my outreach to other people on the job." He also hopes to speak with the councilor in his district, Sally Mayer, today.

He doesn't have anything in particular planned for watching the results roll in this evening. "Being a write-in is an obstacle, but it allows me to take a low profile if I do lose."

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

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Donna Rowe

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The Hail Mary Pass

Citizens without backing or big money run for political office

At the start of election season, it seemed like Mayor Martin Chavez had it on lockdown. Albuquerque lazily climbs into the sack with an incumbent, goes the thinking. Most people will check the box next to that old familiar name. But a 406-person poll released Sunday, Sept. 27, shows conservative Rep. R.J. Berry in the lead with 31 percent, followed by Chavez at 26 percent and Richard Romero at 24 percent. The survey was conducted by Brian Sanderoff’s Research & Polling, Inc. for the Albuquerque Journal. The next mayor has to snag 40 percent of the vote or we'll be facing a runoff. Which leaves us with the question: Could the Tuesday, Oct. 6 election really be anyone's race?

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