Albuquerque mayoral candidates can have the final debate earlier than election day

Current Mayor Tim Keller, BCSO Sheriff Manny Gonzales and radio host Eddy Aragon were more professional on Sunday.

“Now I am determined to continue our recovery and accompany them through the thousands of new jobs that go online and revitalize public safety that go after the revolving door,” said Keller.

“It’s time to change direction. I’m Manny Gonzales, I’ve served our country and I’ve served our community.”

“I’m here to discuss the issues and my two opponents are responsible for what is happening in the city of Albuquerque,” said Aragon.

The Albert Brotherhood Congregation hosted the debate – which covered the notorious and obvious problems in Albuquerque: homelessness – the crime crisis – 911 response times. All three candidates found common ground on one topic – the COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

“I will continue to challenge that science keep Albuquerque open between the essential and the insignificant, no more, not in my Albuquerque, not in my government, and this has hurt us in every way,” said Aragon.

“As a city we want to make sure that every city worker has a vaccine, but we have to make sure that we do this under our collective agreements and work with our unions to achieve this legally or thoughtfully line people up and give them the vaccine”, said Keller.

“The most important thing for any person who is employed by the state government or the district government is that you must do what is right for you as a person, and we need and should seek this advice from a doctor and not from a politician”, said Gonzales.

Tensions between Keller and Gonzales escalated after the KOB 4 mayoral debate – when Gonzales raised rumors of domestic violence and other personal allegations against Keller – all of which we investigated and were unable to confirm.

That debate didn’t go that route – and all three candidates focused directly on their visions for Duke City.

“I’ve listened to people and they tell me that crime is the main problem and the next pressing problem is homelessness, and those two problems are hindering the growth of our city,” said Gonzales.

“I love Albuquerque. I love it.

“With me you know what you’re getting, I’ll solve problems, I’ll call it what it is and I’ll never give up,” said Keller.

The election is next Tuesday, November 2nd.

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