An Update from Tim Keller for Albuquerque
The past month has been the busiest yet for our #blockbyblock movement. We made a commitment to keeping big money out of City Hall and that choice was rewarded when we officially qualified for public financing!
We would not have been able to reach our goal without every one of the 6,000-plus of you who gave $5 and the hundreds of volunteers who took our message to Albuquerque’s voters.
This is in stark contrast to candidates who are raising huge donations tied to special interests. Our campaign has been -- and will be -- only about the people of Albuquerque.
Thank you for all you do!
Albuquerque Journal Talks About Our Success
Did you see this article in the Albuquerque Journal about us qualifying for public financing? Of the 10 candidates seeking public financing in this race, we were the only one to succeed.
Again, we couldn’t have done this without all of the hard work you have put in to show how we get to City Hall matters.
Weekly Alibi Interview
I recently sat down with the Weekly Alibi to share my big ideas for making Albuquerque a safe, inclusive, and innovative city that works for all of us. I thank the Alibi for inviting me to discuss the specific details about my plans as your next Mayor.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the interview yet, you can view it here.
I’m sure you heard the recent news that Albuquerque Public Schools is cutting all middle school sports programs due to budget concerns.
This is disappointing for several reasons. Once again our children are being punished for failed leadership by adults. City Hall can -- and should -- do more to step up and fill existing gaps in our public education system.
That’s why one of my top objectives as your next Mayor will be to coordinate with APS to establish citywide “community schools.” Through this kind of partnership we can create after school and summer programs and extracurricular activities for our kids.
In the News
My staff at the Office of the State Auditor and I have been hard at work battling fraud, waste, and abuse across New Mexico.
Our recent efforts include:
- Investigating why the City of Albuquerque paid more than $400,000 of public funds to a fraudulent construction contractor.
- An audit my office released exposing a conflict of interest for a state Corrections Department employee.
- Launching an investigation into the City of Jal after reports indicated the city’s water billing process showed favoritism to a private ranch.
- Questioning why 30% of an Albuquerque public charter school’s budget is going to its top two administrators.
Now that we’ve qualified for public financing, we want to focus on sharing our vision for a safe, inclusive, and innovative city. Our people-powered movement needs volunteers like you. Can you help?
Click here to volunteer for canvasses, phone banks, office work, house party hosting, and more>>>
Thank you for helping us get this far. Onward to the election!
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that he will be a candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque in 2017. Keller will run as a publicly financed candidate.Read more
State Auditor Tim Keller has entered the race to become Albuquerque’s next mayor.
The Democrat made his announcement Wednesday, saying he will seek public financing for his campaign.
An Albuquerque native, Keller said the city is a special place but is facing immense challenges, including some of the highest crime rates in decades. He listed police reforms and economic development as top priorities.
State Auditor Tim Keller jumped into Albuquerque’s mayoral race on Wednesday – the third candidate this week to launch a campaign to succeed Mayor Richard Berry.
Keller, a Democrat, said he will seek public financing – a process that involves gathering thousands of $5 donations to show his campaign is viable. If he succeeds, he will get about $379,000 to spend on his campaign, or $1 per registered voter in Albuquerque.
“For me,” he said, “it’s a chance to step up for my hometown.”