A Video Worth Watching


This August 11, 2017 Albuquerque Free Press article reports how five of the candidates for Mayor appeared before the Police Oversight Board on August 10, 2017 to talk about their views and positions on two subjects: civilian police oversight and the ongoing Albuquerque Police Department reform efforts.

The Free Press article has a 25 minute video link of the candidates making their statements.

If you want to see the video, simply “click” on the article posted above and scroll down and click on the video link.

The five candidates who appeared were Brian Colon, Tim Keller, Dan Lewis, Gus Pedrotty and Susan Wheeler-Deichel.

Each of the candidates attending were given five minutes to make a presentation with no questions asked by the Police Oversight Board members.

The Police Oversight Board will not be endorsing any candidate but issued and invitation to all the candidates to allow them to talk about their visions of police oversight and the DOJ reforms.

Regrettably Ricardo Chavez, Wayne Johnson and Michelle Garcia Holmes did not attend.

Anyone who has not had the opportunity to attend any one of the mayoral forums, the video posted along with the article gives a very good example of how the candidates have been responding to questions.

Following is a schedule of debates and forums for the October 3, 2017 Mayor’s race:


August 15 – KNME TV, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

September 11 – KASA FOX 2, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Sponsored by Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors

September 15 – KOB TV (time not announced)

Channel 7 and 13 are probably waiting to schedule debates until the runoff between the two top vote getters.


August 10 – Police Oversight Board Candidate Forum, 5:00 pm to 8 pm, City Council Chambers at City Hall, 400 Marquette

August 16 – National Association of Woman Business Owners, 5:00 to 8 pm, Tanoan Country Club

August 23 – North Valley Coalition Mayoral Forum, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

August 29 – District 4 and District 8 Forum, 6:30 to 8:30, El Dorado High School

August 30 – MiABQ Mayoral Forum, 5:00 to 8 pm, The Cell/Fusion Theatre Company, 701 1st Street

September 1 – “State of City” Mayoral Forum, 6:00 pm, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center Social Hall, 7521 Carmel NE.

September 6 – Community Safety and Policing Forum, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, African American Performing Arts Center, New Mexico State Fairgrounds. (This debate is sponsored by APD Forward which promotes police oversight and the DOJ reforms.)

September 8 – NAACP Civil Rights and Diversity Conference Mayoral Forum, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, Lomas and the Freeway

September 21 – East Gateway Coalition Mayoral Candidate Debate, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, The Canyon Club at Four Hills

I encourage one and all to attend one or more of the forums.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.