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.
ORGANIZATION FORUM DEBATES:
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.