Editorial: Approval Interviews – Albuquerque Journal


This fall, voters in the Albuquerque area will select our next mayor, several city councilors and school district board members, and determine the fate of tens of millions of dollars in proposed bonds.

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board will conduct endorsement interviews in these races. To schedule an interview – by Zoom videoconference or conference call – please contact Editorial Page Editor D’Val Westphal at 823-3858 or [email protected]

The ballot on November 2 includes:

Mayor; Albuquerque City Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education Districts 3, 5, 6 and 7. It also includes 12 ballot questions for bonds: $ 50 million for multi-purpose stadium; $ 24.7 million for public safety; $ 28.4 million for centers for the elderly, family and community, and the homeless; $ 27.2 million for parks and recreation; $ 15.9 million for energy and water conservation; $ 4.1 million for libraries; $ 21.8 million for the streets; $ 1.1 million for public transit; $ 4.65 million for storm sewers; $ 3.9 million for museums and cultural facilities; $ 3.3 million for affordable housing; and $ 4.5 million for metropolitan redevelopment.

If you request a postal ballot (on nmvote.org or berncovotes.org), it will be mailed from October 5 and the same day, the postal vote and the advance vote in person in the appendix from the county clerk will begin. Nineteen early-voting convenience stores will open on October 16 across the city and will remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday until October 30.

On election day, voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 2, with 72 election service centers open across the city. For more details, visit cabq.gov, aps.edu, or bernco.gov.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned because it represents the opinion of the journal rather than that of the authors.

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