ABQ Journal Mayor Candidate Profiles On Aragon, Gonzales and Keller; Question and Answer Articles; Those Damn Polls!

The election for Albuquerque Mayor is on November 2. The Albuquerque Journal has now published its front-page customary Mayor candidate profiles and candidate “Question and Answer” articles on all 3 candidates. On Tuesday, September 28, it published the profile of Republican Eddy Aragon, on Wednesday, September 29, it published the profile of Democrat Sheriff Manny Gonzales and on Thursday, September 30 it published the profile of Democrat Incumbent Mayor Tim Keller.

Below are the links to the Albuquerque Journal’s profiles and “Question and Answer” articles in the order which they were published.


Conservative radio show host takes on Dems


“Q&A mayoral candidate Edward Joseph Aragon Jr.”



Gonzales vows to run Albuquerque in bipartisan fashion


Q&A mayoral candidate Manuel Gonzales III



‘I’ve learned’: Keller touts real-world experience


Q&A mayoral candidate Tim Keller



All 3 of the Journal profile articles were very positive as to each candidate without getting too aggressive. The articles avoided confrontation and declined to address too few controversial issues allowing the candidates to place their own positive spin on their backgrounds. The “Question and Answer” articles were far more informative and showed a clear difference in the approaches each candidate will take once elected.

You can be expected that on Sunday, October 3 or Sunday, October 10, the Albuquerque Journal will publish its endorsement of one of the 3. The Journal tends to endorse incumbents and city hall observers believe the Journal will endorse Mayor Tim Keller for a second term concluding that now is not the time to change leadership at city hall.


Complicating things for Sheriff Manny Gonzales and Eddy Aragon is that confidential sources are saying that a poll is circulating showing Tim Keller with 57.3 % support, Manny Gonzales at 23.2% and Eddy Aragon at 16.1% and 3.4% undecided. There are no details provided as to how many were polled, when the poll was taken, how it was taken nor the margin of error.

Notwithstanding, on September 12, 2020, the Albuquerque Journal published a poll it commissioned that showed nearly three years into his first term as Albuquerque’s Mayor, Tim Keller had nearly the same high level of support that he had less than 1 year after he took office. Among likely city voters, 60% approve of Keller’s performance, 22% disapproved of his performance and 19% had mixed feeling or did not know. That is close to the results of a 2018 Journal Poll that found Keller had a 61% approval rating after his first nine months in office, when many officeholders still experience “honeymoon” ratings. A link to the Journal article is here:


A word of caution is in order as to polling. Four weeks in a political campaign with a low voter turnout, which is expected, is an eternity in politics and anything can happen. Keller is sitting on $524,709 in funding and will be unleashing a relentless media ad campaign spending the lion’s share of that in 4 weeks. Unless Gonzales and Aragon can raise upwards of $300,000 each for a reasonable TV buy, it’s likely the Tim Keller will be elected to a second 4-year term on November 2, unless there is an October surprise that changes the outcome of the election and forces a runoff.


The election is Tuesday November 2. Please vote.

Links to published blog article profiles when the candidates announced are here:

Der Führer Trump Radio Shock Jock Eddy Aragon Formally Declares Running For Mayor; Let’s jail grandma to reduce the homeless! And Other Crazy; A Choice Between The Lesser Of 2 Evils And 1 Crazy Trumpster Is No Choice At All

Der Führer Trump’s Favorite Democrat Sherriff Manny Gonzales Runs For Mayor; A DINO And Law Enforcement Dinosaur

Mayor Tim Keller’s Promises Made, Promises Broken As He Seeks Second Term; Voters Will Decide If Keller “Has Done A Good Job”

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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.