Keller Releases Public Safety Strategy

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Tuesday August 8th, 2017
Contact: Jessie Hunt | (505) 918-5826 


Keller Releases Public Safety Strategy

Plan Earns Praise from Law Enforcement, Neighborhood Leaders

Today New Mexico State Auditor and candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim Keller, released a plan and strategy for attacking crime on all sides in Albuquerque.

The plan, titled “Real Solutions for Making Albuquerque Safer”, details dozens of steps that Keller will take as mayor to reform the Albuquerque Police Department to bring immediate crime relief to the city, to end the officer shortage, to support our crime-fighters with modern tools, to end the generational cycle of crime, and to finally get serious about homelessness, substance abuse, and behavioral health.

“We cannot wait any longer to attack crime,” said Keller. “After years of excuses and finger-pointing from City Hall, it’s time we had a mayor step up and own these challenges. It is a mayor’s job to bring a new vision that makes Albuquerque a safe, inclusive, and innovative city that we can believe in. The plan we are releasing today provides clear, concrete actions we will take -- starting on day one -- to get that job done.”

Keller’s plan earned support and praise from a diverse array of former law enforcement professionals and neighborhood leaders including former APD Chief Sam Baca, former Albuquerque mayoral candidate and retired APD Sergeant Paul Heh, State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero, former USDA NM State Director and neighborhood safety activist Terry Brunner, United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge (Ret.) Dennis Maez, attorney and former police sergeant Thomas Grover, La Mesa neighborhood activist Charlie Bennett, Town of Bernalillo Police Chief Tom Romero, government HR and organizational specialist Herb Crosby, and others.

Keller added, “I want to thank the many current and former law enforcement officials and leaders from our city’s diverse communities who have informed this plan with their direct and indirect input. Additionally, thank you to the officers and investigators who have been kind enough to take me on “ride alongs” so I can experience first-hand what they go through on a nightly basis. Like all aspects of our shared vision, I believe a mayoral candidate should put forward a thoughtful starting place for a plan, which will be refined, and can actually be implemented.”

The plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.tk4abq.com/SafeABQ.

The following are quotes of support for Tim’s vision of Albuquerque’s future.

Sam Baca, Former Albuquerque Police Chief, 36 years in law enforcement

“After reviewing Tim's strategy on real solutions for making Albuquerque safe, I believe this plan is excellent. It is both realistic and contains many common sense approaches that will have immediate impact as well as long-term benefit for our city. Community policing is a true way of cutting down crime and bringing the community together. The community policing plan Tim has outlined is effective and progressive.”

Paul Heh, former mayoral candidate, APD Sergeant (Ret.), & veteran

"Tim Keller's plan for giving our city relief from our crime crisis on day one is exactly what we need. I know firsthand what it's going to take to turn things around and that's why I trust Tim Keller to get the job done right."

State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero

“Tim Keller has a proven track record. He absolutely has done everything he set out and said that he would do, on behalf of this community, and he's done so by demonstrating what progressive values and principles really mean when a job has to be done. And he not only exemplifies what it means to not just carry a label, but to actually work and truly be committed to what he says and is going to do. I whole heartedly support Tim's approach to public safety.”

Terry Brunner, President Obama’s former USDA New Mexico State Director & neighborhood activist on crime

“I recently organized a tour with neighborhood leaders to show mayoral candidates how crime impacts our community every day. Tim Keller came ready to listen and equipped with realistic solutions to our crime problems. The anti-crime plan Tim released today is by far the most thoughtful, hard-hitting and detailed of any candidate. He’s the only one of the leading candidates that isn’t part of the mess at City Hall and brings to the job public sector management experience that gets results."

Dennis Maez, Secret Service (Ret.)

“I’m an Independent; labels like Republican or Democrat aren’t what I care about, I care about substance. The plan that Tim Keller is proposing is solid, it’s broad and it is based on what needs to be done for the future of Albuquerque and its police department. I support his plan for many reasons, the most important being that it will increase the number of officers patrolling the streets of Albuquerque immediately after he becomes Mayor, and it provides the resources and support to fight crime the day he becomes Mayor Keller. Tim Keller’s plan is realistic, and it’s specific as opposed to that of others, the same old “firing the current Chief and hiring more officers.”

Read Dennis’ full letter of support here.

Thomas Grover, attorney and former police sergeant

"As someone who has worked as an APD officer immersed in many of the most crime plagued neighborhoods in the community, as a sergeant in charge of other officers, and as an attorney working to ensure the fair imposition of justice in Albuquerque, I wholeheartedly support Tim's plan. His approach is geared around common sense initiatives, short and long terms goals, and a commitment which shows he'll take care of our community's diverse needs while also supporting the officers who will be on the frontline of turning this crime trend around."

Charlie Bennett, La Mesa Neighborhood

"This is a balanced, common-sense approach that is inclusive of communities and will yield real results for our neighborhoods. It's time we had a mayor like Tim who is willing to face these challenges directly."

Tom Romero, Town of Bernalillo Chief of Police; former APD

“I face crime challenges every day in the Albuquerque metro area and I’m very supportive of Tim's approach to actually make a difference.

Herb Crosby, government HR & organizational specialist

"I support this plan, an inclusive model that can bring different facets of our city together."


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The Keller Connector, July 2017

 

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Friend,

We’re less than 100 days from the election and our #blockbyblock movement is in full swing! This month has been busy with phone banks, canvasses, BIG endorsements, and much more!

Thank you for all you do to fuel this people-powered movement!

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 Tim Endorsed by AFSCME City Workers!

Thank you to AFSCME Council 18, which represents about 2,000 City of Albuquerque employees and an additional 3,000 workers who live in the city.

“Blue Collar workers ensure that our city parks are clean and safe for our children, that our city busses are running on time, and that our streets are clean. Our members work hard every single day to make our city beautiful and improve the quality of life for all of us. We are honored to endorse Tim Keller for mayor because he shares that same vision and will work hard to make all of us proud to live here,” said Casey Padilla, President of AFSCME Council 18 and Local 624.

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Local Firefighters Endorse Tim

Recently, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 244 endorsed Tim for Mayor of Albuquerque. The President of IAFF Local 244, Diego Arencon, said that with Tim’s “accountability and proven leadership will ensure a safe future for the city of Albuquerque.”

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Update from NM’s Nasty Women

In June Nasty Women NM hosted a forum where they were able to hear from each individual candidate. In doing so this group of women was able to hear what Tim stands for and his vision for Albuquerque.

On July 13th Tim officially received their endorsement. They share Tim’s vision for a “more inclusive, economically, just and environmentally sustainable city.”

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Mayoral Forum on Early Education

Last week, Tim participated in the Mayoral Forum on Education to discuss how the next mayor can step up to help our kids get ahead. Thanks to OLÉ New Mexico, People for the Kids, Early Educators United, and the Partnership for Community Action for hosting the forum, and all the volunteers who showed up to support Tim and this #blockbyblock movement!

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Become a Tim Keller Ambassador

Want to become more involved with the campaign? Become a Tim Keller Ambassador!

As an ambassador you will learn to take control of your neighborhood or community and make sure every voter in Albuquerque knows about Tim. Sign up here and we will contact you shortly!


In the News

As always, Tim and the staff at the Office of the State Auditor have been hard at work battling fraud, waste, and abuse across New Mexico.

Recent efforts include:


Get Involved

As always, there are many ways to get involved. Here are our upcoming events - join us!

Phone Banks and Canvasses

Wednesday Phonebank
Wednesday, July 26th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Simms Building
400 Gold Ave Sw, Suite 900
  
Block-by-Block Canvass
Saturday, July 29th
9:00am
Simms Building
400 Gold Ave Sw, Suite 900
  
Wednesday Phonebank
Wednesday, August 2nd
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Simms Building
400 Gold Ave Sw, Suite 900
  
Block-by-Block Canvass
Saturday, August 5th
9:00am
Simms Building
400 Gold Ave Sw, Suite 900

Events

Ward 17A “Speed Dating” Forum
Saturday, July 29th
UNM Continuing Education Building, Albuquerque, NM
  
NAWBO ABQ Mayoral Forum, Formerly Speak Out! ABQ Mayoral Candidates
Wednesday, August 16th
Tanoan Country Club, Albuquerque, NM
  
New Mexico Tech Council / FatpipeABQ Mayoral Forum
Thursday, August 17th
Fatepipe ABQ Coworking Space, Albuquerque, NM
  
North Valley Coalition Mayoral Forum
Wednesday, August 23rd
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
  
NAIOP Mayoral Forum
Monday, August 28th
Marriott, Albuquerque, NM
  
District 4+8 Mayoral Forum
Tuesday, August 29th
Eldorado Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM
  
MIABQ Mayoral Forum
Wednesday, August 30th
Fusion/ the cell 701-708, Albuquerque, NM


   

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CWA and BCTGM Endorse Tim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Communications Workers of America Local 7076 and Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 351 endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Communications Workers of America Local 7076 and Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 351 have endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque.

“CWA Local 7076 is proud to endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque," said Daniel Secrist, Executive Vice President of CWA Local 7076. "Tim’s tireless efforts to help working New Mexicans and hold government accountable has made him the most logical choice for us, a union representing public sector employees in state government, UNM and CNM. CWA believes that Tim embodies all of the qualities of a good leader and has the required skills to reverse Albuquerque’s economic downturn and reform city government. We have no doubts that Albuquerque will become a better place to live and work when Tim is elected mayor.” 

“Tim Keller is willing to stand on the front lines and protect the rights of all workers in Albuquerque, and that is why we think he should be our next mayor” said Earl Reed, Business Manager of BCTGM Local 351. “He has a history of doing what it takes for New Mexico’s working families, and will carry that commitment with him to city hall.”

“It’s an honor to have both of these unions supporting the people-powered movement we are trying to build,” said Keller. “When I look at the current economic situation facing the people of Albuquerque, I am appalled that we are not doing more to help our local businesses expand and create a better quality of life for our families. The time to change that is now.”

CWA Local 7076 and BCTGM Local 351 join these unions in endorsing Tim Keller for Mayor:

  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 492
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 412
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823 
  • New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611
  • Iron Workers Local Union 495 
  • AFSCME Council 18
  • International Association of Fire Fighters Local 244

More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/economy.

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Local Firefighters Endorsement

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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ICYMI: Local Firefighters Endorse Keller for Mayor


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Last week the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters, Local 244 of the International Association endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque.

“I am incredibly honored to have earned the support of our local firefighters. Their endorsement for our vision of a safe, innovative and inclusive city sends a strong signal to the community," said Keller. "I look forward to working closely with them to bring fresh leadership to our city that will ensure confidence in public safety while rebuilding our economy from the inside out. Together, we will continue to build a movement to change our city and be exceptional again going forward.”

Diego Arencon, President of IAFF Local 244 added, "Tim understands that public safety is our priority, with his accountability and proven leadership he will ensure a safe future for the city of Albuquerque. He knows we must invest in fire and police staffing, operations and infrastructure to protect our community; taking direction from the voters to provide the necessary revenue to get the job done!” 

IAFF Local 244 joins with these unions in endorsing Keller’s campaign:

  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 492
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 412
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823 
  • New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611
  • Iron Workers Local Union 495 
  • AFSCME Council 18

More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/economy.

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AFSCME Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 18 endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 18 has endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque, the union’s local chapter presidents announced today. AFSCME Council 18 represents about 2,000 City of Albuquerque employees and an additional 3,000 workers who live in the city.

“Blue Collar workers ensure that our city parks are clean and safe for our children, that our city busses are running on time, and that our streets are clean. Our members work hard every single day to make our city beautiful and improve the quality of life for all of us. We are honored to endorse Tim Keller for mayor because he shares that same vision and will work hard to make all of us proud to live here,” said Casey Padilla, President of AFSCME Council 18 and Local 624.

“As city security officers, our members are entrusted with protecting our public transportation systems, city streets, and other city facilities, like the Zoo, BioPark, and city museums. Tim Keller recognizes that public safety is vital to the health and well-being of our city, and we are proud to to endorse him for mayor,” said Tomas Romero, President of AFSCME Local 1888.

“Our 911 operators and dispatchers are a vital part of public safety, our librarian assistants are essential to the education of our citizens, and our support staff are critical to delivering city services. We endorse Tim Keller for mayor because he truly understands that the key to a thriving city is investing in education for all of us and making sure our first responders have the support they deserve,” said Michael Dorin, President of AFSCME Local 2962.

“Our members understand that providing vital city services to all our citizens is our number one priority. We work hard every day to make sure that the city runs as efficiently as possible and that services are delivered with the utmost integrity. We are excited to endorse Tim Keller for mayor because he will always be committed to the people of our great city,” said Patricia French, President of AFSCME Local 3022.

Keller said the public servants who make up the AFSCME locals are especially valuable given the impact they have on the city daily.

“Albuquerque’s city employees are true unsung heroes because they provide the vital services we all rely on every day and too often take for granted,” said Keller. “I am honored to have their support, and the support of so many public servants, for our people-powered campaign and look forward to working closely with them to implement policies that improve the quality of life for all Albuquerque families.”

AFSCME Council 18 joins with these unions in endorsing Keller’s campaign:

  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 492
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 412
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823
  • New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611
  • Iron Workers Local Union 495

More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/economy.

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Plan to Combat Violent Crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471 

 

 

Tim Keller Announces Plans to Combat Violent Crime

 

ALBUQUERQUE - Tim Keller, current New Mexico State Auditor and candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, today announced plans modeled on successful national programs including “Operation Ceasefire” and “Project Exile,” aimed at curbing violent crime, including gang violence, in Albuquerque.

“Albuquerque needs and deserves a modern crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes violent crime prevention with a data-driven approach to focus on the most dangerous offenders in our community,” said Keller. “Not only can we have a huge impact on those currently committing crimes, but we can develop innovative strategies that help reduce crime across our community.”

Many large municipalities across the nation, including New York, St. Louis, Philadelphia and San Francisco, are having success implementing similar programs to reduce gun violence and restore the relationship between law enforcement and the community. Data shows that a disproportionately low number of violent offenders account for well over half of violent crime committed in a community.

Features of Keller’s proposals include:

  • Requiring background checks on all firearm purchases within city limits
  • Referring repeat gun crime cases to federal prosecutors
  • Collaborate with federal agencies and state government to reduce the number of illegal guns crossing New Mexico’s borders
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of gun seller licenses within city limits to ensure all are up-to-date
  • Apply a data-driven approach to deploying city resources aimed at violent crime reduction
  • Utilize a problem-oriented policing approach focused on attacking criminal “hot spots”
  • Evaluate and adjust programs based on both quantitative and qualitative research

Keller continued, “We can learn from what’s working in other cities and create an Albuquerque solution that meet our unique needs and utilizes best practices from across the nation to reduce violent crime and keep our families safe.”

More about Tim Keller’s plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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Iron Workers Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Iron Workers Local Union 495 has Endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Iron Workers Local Union 495 has endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque, the union’s business manager announced.

“No one in this mayoral race has demonstrated more commitment to everyday people over time than Tim Keller, which is why we are proud to endorse him,” said Rick Meyer, the Business Manager for IWLU 495. “Tim's vision for Albuquerque's future is aligned with our values, and we are confident his policies will move our city in the right direction.”

Tim Keller said he hopes to build a culture of collaboration with local businesses and labor unions to improve Albuquerque’s economy.

“I appreciate the support of the Iron Workers and I will do my best to reward the confidence they have shown in me,” said Keller. “It’s time for us to stop making excuses and work together to create jobs and build an economy that works for all of us.”

More information about Keller’s economic plans can be found at www.tk4abq.com/economy.

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IBEW Endorsement

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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611 endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611 has endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque, the union’s business manager announced.

"The reason we are endorsing Tim Keller is simple - he has proven himself as someone who gets things done, which is exactly what you want in a mayor,” said Carl Condit, Business Manager of IBEW Local 611. “Albuquerque's residents deserve a leader who will be dedicated to improving the quality of life in our city, and we believe Tim is the right person for the job."

Keller said he plans to use the city’s current buying power as mayor to put Albuquerque’s businesses first.

“IBEW’s endorsement is a tremendous honor and a vote of confidence in the people-powered movement we are building in our city,” said Keller. “Our local businesses have been facing an uphill battle for far too long, and IBEW members understand that we need to use the resources available to us to create jobs and put our businesses first. I can’t wait to work with them to build a better economy for us all.”

IBEW Local 611 joins the following labor unions in endorsing Keller’s campaign:
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 492
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 412
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823 
  • New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/economy

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NMBCTC Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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New Mexico Building & Construction Trades Council endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico Building & Construction Trades Council has endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque, the union’s president announced.

"We are endorsing Tim Keller to be the next Mayor of Albuquerque because of the leadership he has shown in his current position as State Auditor and before as a State Senator,” said Brian Condit, President of NMBCTC. “Tim understands the challenges facing working families and will do everything he can to meet those head-on. Albuquerque will be a better place with him at City Hall."

Keller said one of his top priorities as mayor will be to include local business in planning discussions to shape an economy that benefits all of Albuquerque.

“I’m proud to receive this endorsement from the Building & Construction Trades Council,” said Keller. “Our local businesses and families have been left out of the conversation for far too long. I’m looking forward to working with these businesses to build an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.”

More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/economy

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LIUNA and IUPAT Endorsement

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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LIUNA & IUPAT Endorse Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16 (LIUNA) and International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823 (IUPAT) have endorsed Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque.

"LIUNA is endorsing Tim Keller for Mayor of Albuquerque because he is the only candidate who has the skills, qualifications and work ethic to improve this city's economy. With all the problems we are facing, we need someone like Tim who will get in the foxhole with local businesses and help us create new jobs. That is exactly what we expect Tim to do as our next mayor,” said LIUNA Local 16 Business Manager Jose V. Atencio, Jr.

“Tim Keller has a track record of supporting policies that benefit Albuquerque's local businesses and their workers,” said Robert Aubert, Business Representative of IUPAT Local 823. “We are proud to be endorsing Tim to be our city's next mayor, and we look forward to working side-by-side with him in that role to make Albuquerque’s economy a model that the rest of the nation can follow.”

Keller said it is important for the next Mayor of Albuquerque to give workers a voice for the city’s economy to rebound.

“Unions like LIUNA and IUPAT are essential to the city’s economic plans,” Keller said. “We must fight for workers’ rights and collaborate with local businesses to build an economy that works for all of us. I am grateful LIUNA and IUPAT trust me to take the concerns of Albuquerque’s families to City Hall.”

More about Tim Keller’s economic plan can be found at: www.tk4abq.com/abqworks

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