Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Several city council races that tend to be more conservative

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city council had a 6-3 Democratic majority by Tuesday, but could get more conservative after election night. Former Alderman Dan Lewis, who served District 5 from 2009 to 2017, won incumbent Cynthia Borrego and flipped that seat conservatively.

Lewis, who ran against Tim Keller four years ago, says the city council needs to be more accountable. “This is a check and balance, and you need to have councilors who actively hold the administration accountable for the decisions made and show good leadership,” says Lewis.

He believes some projects he would like to tackle have been put on hold, including road infrastructure, a new multigenerational center and library, and more parks for his district.

Meanwhile, in District 1, another incumbent, Lan Sena, lost to conservative Democrat Louie Sanchez. His campaign focused on crime and jobs. “I would like to see new money, new jobs here on the west side. The west side is the place to expand, ”says Sanchez.

In District 3, Klarissa Peña ran unhindered in southwest Albuquerque.

With immediate effect, runoff elections could take place in districts 7 and 9 in December.

If the Conservatives Lori Lee Robertson and Renee Grout win, the balance of power in the city council would shift.

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