This week we saw the release of multiple public polls which confirmed that we are leading the pack! However, almost on cue, we are seeing nearly daily attacks (from the NRA, anti-sick leave groups, and GOP lawyers) on our efforts to bring a new vision and strong leadership to City Hall.
I have always challenged the status quo and been unafraid to take on entrenched interests, so we’ve known these kinds of attacks would come. Now they are here and it is no surprise the Republican Party, and those opposed to our policies, are making complaints against our efforts.
I am running on a proven track record and real ideas, and that's what separates us in this race. As the only candidate who has run a government agency, every single detail of my career will be picked apart over the next few weeks by my political opponents and well-funded special interests in order to tear down our people-powered, grassroots movement that will truly create change in Albuquerque.
I have dedicated my career to open and ethical government, and take any issues of transparency seriously. This goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to public financing, a process in which we are in compliance with the City Clerk and campaign auditors.
Our dedication to being the only clean election campaign requires detailed, complex, and transparent reporting which we have, and will continue, to follow completely. This includes adhering to the $38,019.10 cap on the in-kind donations recently in the news. In preparing for public financing our legal team studied the laws closely and mapped out a process that is in line with the procedures used by candidates for mayor and council, including the current mayor, since 2009.
I believe there should be an alternative to big money politics, which is why I made the choice to do things differently, to run with public financing. Our campaign has followed the law as it currently exists, and the often complex, sometimes contradictory rules. It is important to remember that those attacking us are the same ones funded by payday lenders, private prisons, and city contractors who rely on “relationships” with a mayor.
We are so fortunate to have a shared vision to actually get things done, which is supported by a broad spectrum of folks from all walks of life, from libertarians to progressives, of all ages and backgrounds, and that is exactly what worries our opponents.
As we continue our fight to bring immediate crime relief to our families and make real investments into local businesses, what we will need most is help getting that message out. We will continue to spread our positive vision throughout the city because that is what will actually make a difference for Albuquerque families.