Channel 13 is reporting that a group of people who are fed up with crime in their neighborhood are going straight to the eight candidates for Mayor.
The group invited the candidates running for mayor to go on a “walking tour” through some of Albuquerque’s downtown neighborhoods which are dealing with our rising crime rates.
The tour should be a real eye opener for the candidates for Mayor.
When they attend candidate’s forums, they tend to give their canned answers to questions sounding like they know what they are talking about but not really understanding what the problem is associated with the question.
When I was Director of the Safe City Strike force dealing with crack houses, meth labs, slumlords and properties that had become magnets for serious crimes, I had to go out and interact and meet with the neighborhoods and citizens affected by crime.
As an Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor, I interviewed and interacted with victims of violent crimes.
When you see fear, anger, desperation and hopelessness in people’s faces, eyes, and voices, and they are asking for help, you listen and learn.
You become determined to find solutions to the problems and forge a desire to help.
Any candidate for Mayor who does not participate in the tour has no business running for Mayor.