As this story notes, I agree and predict City Councilor Dan Lewis, State Auditor Tim Keller, attorney Brian Colón, former Bernalillo County Commissioner Deanna Archuleta and County Commissioner Wayne Johnson will secure the required signatures to get on the ballot mainly because of their experience running for office, their organizations and their fundraising ability.
I added retired Albuquerque police officer Michelle Garcia Holmes, University of New Mexico student Gus Pedrotty and Old Town resident Stella Padilla to my list of those who I think will make the ballot because of the “hustle” and hard work I have seen from all three of these candidates.
There is still a lot of time to gather qualifying signatures, and I hope all the 14 announced candidates make it on the ballot, but I acknowledge that is not likely.
To me, the more choices we have, the better for the City.
The more candidates we have will encourage a healthy discussion of issues and it will improve voter turnout.
Four years ago, only 19% of eligible voters voted in the election.
Political commentators all too often discount motivated candidates who are hardworking, that are clear underdogs and who have some very good ideas.
Simply put, I tend to identify with underdogs and voters at times prove political commentators wrong .