Plan to Combat Violent Crime

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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

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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
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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

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
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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
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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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Campaign Finance Transparency

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Monday January 23rd, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Keller Calls for Campaign Finance Transparency

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State Auditor and Mayoral candidate Tim Keller, who is pursuing public financing for his campaign, released a statement in regard to the recent Albuquerque Journal article entitled "Who is financing Albuquerque mayoral candidates?"

"How we elect our next Mayor matters," said Keller. "Our people-powered campaign will be fueled by $5 donations from thousands of people right here in Albuquerque - not the big money that we've come to expect from politics. It's time for every candidate running for Mayor to be up front with the people of Albuquerque about who is funding their campaigns and have our actions match our words when it comes to transparency."

As a publicly financed candidate, Keller filed an initial seed money report with the clerk's office that is available online and will file another report on April 1st detailing all seed money contributions. All qualifying contributions will be kept as public records by the City Clerk. As the Journal points out, candidates who are raising private funds, and are not currently in elected office with the City of Albuquerque, will not report any contributions until July.

Keller continued, "The public deserves to know who is funding Mayoral candidates, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, on a timely basis. That's why I'm calling on every Mayoral candidate to voluntarily disclose who is funding their campaigns, along with current City Officials and publicly financed candidates, and for the City Clerk to make necessary forms and a reporting process available. Our community deserves transparency throughout the Mayor’s race, not just after June. I also urge the City Council to update our local election laws to require -- at a minimum -- quarterly reporting for all municipal elections effective for this year's Mayoral and Council elections."

Further information about Keller’s plans as mayor can be found at www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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Background:


After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused his professional life to tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Albuquerque and New Mexico. Throughout his public service, from State Senator for Albuquerque’s International District to State Auditor, Tim has consistently challenged the status quo and developed a track record of real impact.

Tim was elected twice to the State Senate in one of the most diverse districts in New Mexico, encompassing Albuquerque's International District. He rose to the position of Majority Whip and successfully sponsored laws on wage retaliation prevention, immigrant protection, community schools, tax incentive reform, and an in-state business preference to create local jobs. He also had the distinction of passing the most bipartisan sponsored legislation during his tenure.

In 2014, Tim Keller was elected one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. His vision for the Auditor's office includes developing policies for distributing financial resources throughout the state more equitably and efficiently. He created New Mexico’s first Government Accountability Office (GAO) and pushed the office to the forefront of the state’s most critical issues. Responsible for financial oversight of over 900 state and local governments, Auditor Keller has championed a broad range of transparency efforts including highlighting billions in idle infrastructure funds, exposing fraudulent actions by elected officials, rebutting the myth of scarcity and tackling the rape kit backlog.

In addition to his public service, Tim spent fifteen years in the private sector, starting with fortune 500 companies and most recently helping Native American governmental financial operations. He also lived three years in Cambodia where he ran the nation's first IT social enterprise focused on hiring land mine victims and other disadvantaged persons.

Tim Keller was born and raised in Albuquerque and is an Eagle Scout and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity Fellow. Following graduation from St. Pius X High School, he attended the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to earn an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Tim is also a devotee of heavy metal music, art history and food. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Liz, and their kids, Maya and Jack.

 

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Keller Qualifies for Public Financing

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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Keller Announces Qualification for Public Financing in Albuquerque Mayoral Race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Tim Keller, candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque and current New Mexico State Auditor, announced today his campaign has successfully qualified for public financing after submitting approximately 6,000 $5 contributions to qualify for public financing - far exceeding the required number of 3,802.

“How we elect our next mayor matters. We are fortunate in Albuquerque that candidates have a choice - a choice that rejects big money politics,” Keller said. “It was not easy, but the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers and the over 100 events we’ve held in the last six weeks clearly demonstrate that our campaign is truly grassroots and powered by the people of this city.”

In order to qualify for public financing in the Albuquerque mayoral race, candidates are required to collect $5 contributions from 3,802 registered Albuquerque voters, representing one percent of the city’s eligible voting population. Friday, March 31 was the deadline for candidates to complete efforts to qualify. Historically, dozens of mayoral candidates have attempted to qualify; only a few candidates, including current Mayor Berry and former Mayor Martin Chavez, have reached this goal.

“Instead of a campaign about politics and fundraising, public financing means we can focus on block-by-block discussions to shape a clear vision and develop the big ideas needed to ensure that Albuquerque is a safe, inclusive, innovative safe city that works for all of us,” Keller said.

Further information about Keller’s plans as mayor can be found at www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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Tim Keller Qualifies for Mayoral Ballot

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Saturday April 15th, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Tim Keller Qualifies for Mayoral Ballot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Tim Keller, 2017 candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque and current New Mexico State Auditor, has collected 7,312 petition signatures. As of Tuesday, the Albuquerque City Clerk’s Office had validated 3,400 for qualification, exceeding the 3,000 required for mayoral candidates to appear on this year's ballot.

“What’s clear is that our block-by-block movement is resonating with Albuquerque voters,” Keller said. “We are running a people-powered campaign without the big money and outside influences that too often corrupt our politics, and people of every political party are appreciative of that aspect of our campaign.”

Earlier this month, Keller was the only candidate to qualify for public financing.

Candidates for mayor have until April 28 to submit at least 3,000 valid petition signatures to the City Clerk’s Office. Keller said qualifying to appear on the ballot so early will allow his campaign to focus specifically on the issues.

“Thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers, we have been able to connect with thousands of voters in a short amount of time,” Keller said. “Now we can truly focus on the big ideas that are going to make Albuquerque a safe, inclusive and innovative city that works for all of us.”

Further information about Keller’s plans as mayor can be found at www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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Energy Neutral City

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Saturday April 22nd, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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On Earth Day, Keller announces vision for an energy neutral city

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque and current New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced his vision of an energy neutral future for the city.

“Let’s embrace what makes Albuquerque special and commit to enacting big ideas to transform how our city uses and conserves energy,” said Keller. “That’s why as mayor, I will partner with local businesses to make Albuquerque’s city government energy neutral.”

The plan includes using existing structures to integrate solar, wind and distributed energy to make the city’s energy bill ‘net zero.’

Keller continued, “By leveraging city properties and solar and renewable energy financing packages, Albuquerque can achieve 100% energy neutrality in terms of our electricity bill in a surprisingly short amount of time. This is a big idea our city can use to demonstrate leadership when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and renewable adaptation.”

Keller also expressed support for the recent announcement of a large investment in solar which will get the city about halfway to the goal of getting 25% of it’s power from solar by 2025, but added that with new leadership Albuquerque can do much more in a much shorter amount of time.

With national leadership in the process of rolling back much of the progress made on combating climate change in recent years, Keller also committed to standing with mayors from around the country in opposing the Trump administration’s anti-science efforts.

Further information about Keller’s plans as mayor can be found at www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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Immigrant Friendly City

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Saturday April 29th, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

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Tim Keller affirms commitment to Albuquerque’s immigrant-friendly status

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque and current New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller affirmed his commitment to Albuquerque’s immigrant-friendly status.

“Albuquerque is a strong and special city, and we have long been a safe and inclusive place for immigrant families and refugees,” Keller said. “I believe we must champion our diversity and become a national leader for multicultural cities. Especially in the current political climate, I remain steadfastly committed to the safety and inclusion of immigrant and refugee communities.”

During his time as state senator, Keller represented one of the most diverse districts in the city which included Albuquerque’s refugee village and several immigrant communities in Albuquerque’s International District. He has maintained a strong relationship with those communities and wants to make sure their voices are heard in city immigration policy.

Keller said his plan includes keeping ICE agents out of APD patrols, and ensuring that no city resources are put to use identifying immigrant communities for federal action.

If elected, Keller said he intends to stand with mayors around the nation in rejecting the harmful rhetoric and actions coming out of the Trump administration.

Further information about Keller’s plans as mayor can be found at www.tk4abq.com/abqworks.

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