Albuquerque mayoral candidates debate last before election day


There have been occasional interruptions and insults regarding politics – but there have been no personal attacks bringing in family members of candidates like last week.

The debate revolved around topics such as homelessness, the crime crisis, 911 response times and – for the first time in a debate during this campaign – they were asked about COVID-19 and the vaccine warrants, where all three candidates said they would not apply a vaccine warrant for city employees.

“As a city we want to make sure that every employee in the city has a vaccine, but we have to make sure that we do it within the limits of our collective agreements and work with our unions to do it, we will not be able to legally or thoughtfully lining up people and giving them the vaccine, ”Keller said.

After an hour of debate, the three candidates were given the opportunity to make one final argument on why they should be elected as the next mayor of Albuquerque.

“I have listened to the people and they tell me that crime is the number one problem and the next pressing problem is homelessness and those two problems are hampering the growth of our city,” Gonzales said.

“I love Albuquerque, I came back, I lived in other places, commerce, we have to develop the city of Albuquerque, we have lost a decade and corruption is getting rid of it everywhere, think about it” , said Aragon.

“With me you know what you will get, I will fix the problem, I will call it what it is and I will never give up,” Keller said.

The election is next Tuesday, November 2.

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