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Early city council elections begin this week

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque will hold its runoff election on December 7th, and early voting will begin next week. None of the candidates in District 7 or 9 reached the 50% threshold required to win seats on the city council.

The candidates for District 7 are Republican Lori Robertson and Democrat Tammy Fiebelkorn. Fiebelkorn says: “The most important issue for me is the transition to a clean air economy. We must do everything we can to fight climate change. But we also need to make sure that this struggle and the benefits of that struggle reach our frontline communities and our low-income neighbors, and that is really important to us. “

Fiebelkorn’s opponent Lori Robertson says: “We have to support our small businesses. They have been through a lot with COVID, they need fewer restrictions, no more, and we are adding more and more restrictions to them and we just have to let them go to work and get employees there. “

In District 9, the candidates are Republican Renee Grout and Democrat Rob Grilley. Both candidates say fighting crime is a top priority. “I really want to work on changing city politics so the cops can do their jobs and enforce all the laws, and I think if they can do that, crime will go down,” says Grout.

Grilley says, “If we look at what we can do for public safety, fight crime better, make the police more effective, and simplify the parts of their job that have become needlessly difficult, it becomes a little easier.”

If the Conservatives Robertson and Grout win, the balance of power in the city council would shift to six conservative city councilors versus three liberal city councilors. “In this election it will depend on the turnout and we are confident that democrats and left-wing extremists in the district will show up en masse to really support us and move us forward,” says Fiebelkorn.

The early voting starts on Tuesday, November 16. Robertson encourages people to get out and vote. “People really need to educate themselves and make sure they know the facts right and vote and get someone into this office who actually helps their neighborhood and their city,” she says.

If you want to vote by postal vote, you have to request an application and send it back by December 2nd. Early voting ends on December 4th and the voting pages will close on November 25th, 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving.

The following places are for early voting:

  • Office building annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A 87104
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Snail place – 12500 Montgomery NE, Suite 101 87111
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Central market – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE suites B, C, D and E 87108
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE, 87110
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Avenue SE, Suite 1420 87123
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly Ave NE, Suite B-6 87113
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE, Suite B-3 87111
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo -6001 San Mateo NE, Suite B-3 87109
    • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on voting, see bernco.gov/clerk/bureau-of-elections-overview/elections. You can find more information about the voting locations on election day at bernco.gov/clerk/bureau-of-elections-overview/election-day-voting-locations.

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