November 7 Election Day For ABQ City Council, ABQ School Board and General Obligation Bonds; Polling Locations; Please Vote!

November 7 is election day for Albuquerque City Council and Albuquerque Public School Board. Four Albuquerque City Council seats and three Albuquerque Public School Board positions are on the ballot. Also on the ballot are seven general obligation bond questions that could provide $200 million for public safety, affordable housing, parks and other projects. According to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office, 44,628 early and absentee voters, or 10.5% of eligible voters, had already cast their votes as of Friday, November 3.


The November 7 election will result in  at least three, and possibly 4, new City Council members. Progressive Democrat City Councilors Pat Davis, and Isaac Benton and Conservative Republican Trudy Jones chose not to seek reelection this year. Only one incumbent City Councilor, Conservative Republican Brook Bassan is seeking a second term in District 4 in Northeast Albuquerque. She is opposed by Abby Foster, a small business owner, attorney and mediator who practices adult guardianship law.

District 6 in Southeast Albuquerque which includes  Nob Hill and the International District has 4 candidates on the ballot who are all progressive Democrats seeking to relace Progressive Democrat Pat Davis.  Progressive Democrats Nichole Rogers, Jeff Hoehn, Kristin “Raven” Greene and Abel Otero are listed on the ballot but Otero announced last month he was ending his campaign. A candidate must garner at least 50% of the vote to win outright. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held in December.

The two other City Council races are in District 2, where moderate Democate Loretta Naranjo Lopez  is opposed by Progressive Democrat Joaquín Baca  and Independent  Moisés González. District 8 has Moderate Democrat and former State Representative Idalia Lechuga-Tena running against Republican  Dan Champine, a retired APD officer and now real estate mortgage lender.


  • Joaquin Baca, Progressive Democrat: Water rights program manager at the U.S. Forest Service, member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, President of the ABQCore neighborhood association. (Qualified for $40,000 public financing.)
  • Loretta Naranjo Lopez, Moderate Democrat: Retired city planner and current President of the Santa Barbara and Martineztown neighborhood Association Neighborhood Association and former Board of Directors member of NM Public Employees Retirement Association. (Qualified for $40,000 public financing.)
  • Moises A. Gonzalez (Independent): Documentary filmmaker, former teacher and community activist. (Privately financed candidate.)


  • Brook Bassan, Conservative Republican: Incumbent City Councilor and a stay-at-home mom.  and incumbent councilor.   (Qualified for $40,262in public financing.)
  • Abby Foster, Progressive Democrat:  Small business owner, attorney and mediator who practices adult guardianship law. (Privately financed candidate and according to most recent finance report has raised $77,900.)


  • Jeff Hoehn, Progressive Democrat: Executive director of Cuidando Los Niños. (Privately financed candidate.)
  • Abel Otero, Progressive Democrat: Owner and operator of Fonzy’s barbershop. (Qualified for $40,000.00 public financing.)
  • Kristin Greene, Progressive Democrat: Tattoo artist and Burlesque dancer. (Qualified for $40,000.00 public financing.)
  • Nichole Rogers, Progressive Democrat: Office manager and independent contractor for Primerica Financial Services. (Qualified for $40,000.00public financing.)


  • Dan Champine, Conservative Republican: A retired police officer and current mortgage lender. (Qualified for $44,577.00 public financing.)
  • Idalia Lechuga-Tena, Moderate Democrat: Vice president of Meals on Wheels of New Mexico  former NM House representative for District 21.  (Qualified for $44,577.00 public financing.)


Also on the ballot are three of the seven APS Board seats. The only incumbent seeking reelection is in  District 2  where incumbent Peggy Muller-Aragón is facing  challengers Adrian Nogales and Ronalda Tome-Warito.  The other district races and candidates are:

District 1: Janelle Astorga, Robert Trujillo and Verland Coker.

District 4: Heather Benavidez and Stephen Cecco.


There are 7 major categories  of general obligation bonds on the ballot for voter approval. Following are the General Obligation Bond questions with  totals listed for the projects:

  1. Public Safety bonds: $25 million
  • $1 million toward the Albuquerque Community Safety facility
  • $8 million for new fire stations and $2 million for existing station renovations
  • $6 million for rehabilitation of and upgrades to the Albuquerque Police Department
  1. Parks and Recreation bonds: $35 million
  • $1 million to Balloon Fiesta Park improvements
  • $5 million to the North Domingo Baca Aquatic Center
  • $4.9 million for Little League fields rehabilitation
  1. Senior, family, community center, homeless, affordable housing, metropolitan redevelopment and community enhancement bonds: $36 million
  • $5 million for the Gateway Center
  • $7.5 million for affordable housing
  • A total $5.8 million for the Highland Senior Center, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center and Cibola Loop Multigenerational Centers
  1. Energy and water conservation, public facilities and system z modernization bonds: $24 million
  • $6 million for energy conservation
  • $1 million for city vehicle replacements
  1. Storm sewer system bonds: $14 million
  • $5 million for Southeast Heights Green Stormwater improvements
  • $2 million for Pueblo Also Mile-Hi Flood Mitigation
  1. Street and transportation bonds: $50 million
  • $1.9 million for renovations at the Transit Department’s Yale Facility
  • $4.3 million for major street and intersection reconstruction
  1. Library, museum and cultural facilities bonds: $16 million
  • $3.2 million for library materials
  • $2 million for the Tijeras Arroyo BioZone Education Center
  • $4 Million for Unser Racing Museum

A complete and detailed breakdown of the city’s 2023 general obligation bond program with detailed project descriptions and amounts can be reviewed in the city’s 46 page “2023 General Obligation Bond Program and Capital Implementation Program” at the below link:

Click to access 2023-bond-program-entire-book.pdf


With only 10% of registered voters having already vote, the final outcome of all the races remains still very much up in the air. As the old saying goes, if you fail to vote, you forfeit your right to complain about who is elected.

If you have not already voted, please vote today.


The following 72  polling places are  open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at  locations across Bernalillo County where voters may cast votes in person or hand-deliver completed absentee ballots:

98th & Central Shopping Center – 120 98th St NW, Suite B101 & B102, 87121

Andalucia Shopping Center – 5600 Coors Blvd NW, Suite C-5, 87120

Bernalillo County Visitor Center – 6080 Isleta Blvd SW, 87105

Caracol Plaza – 12500 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite 101, 87111

Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE, Suites B, C, D & E, 87108

Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A, 87104

Cottonwood West – 10131 Coors Blvd NW, Suite C-02, 87114

Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE, 87110

Desiderio Community Center – 117 Tribal Rd 7036, To’Hajiilee, NM 87026

Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Ave SE, Suite 1420, 87123

Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly Ave NE, Suite B-6, 87113

Isleta Elder Center– Building 79 Tribal Rd 40, Isleta, NM 87022

Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE, Suite B-3, 87111

Los Ranchos Villa – 6601 4th St NW, Suite U, 87107

Petroglyph Plaza – 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Suite D-1, 87120

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center – 2008 Larrazolo Rd SW, 87105

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo – 6001 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite B-3, 87109

Tijeras City Hall – 12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras NM 87059

University of New Mexico– Student Union Building, Louie’s Lounge, 87131

West Bluff Center – 5211 Ouray Rd NW, Suite B, 87120

Montoya Elementary School– 24 Public School Rd, Tijeras, NM 87059

Adobe Acres Elementary School – 1724 Camino Del Valle SW, 87105

Albuquerque High School – 800 Odelia Rd NE, 87102

Arroyo Del Oso Elementary School – 6504 Harper Dr. NE, 87109

Bandelier Elementary School – 3309 Pershing Ave SE, 87106

Bellehaven Elementary School – 8701 Princess Jeanne Ave NE, 87112

Chaparral Elementary School – 6325 Milne Rd NW, 87120

Cibola High School – 1510 Ellison Dr. NW, 87114

CNM Workforce Training Center – 5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE, 87113

Del Norte High School – 5323 Montgomery Blvd NE, 87110

Double Eagle Elementary School – 8901 Lowell Dr. NE, 87122

Duranes Elementary School – 2436 Zickert Rd NW, 87104

Eisenhower Middle School – 11001 Camero Ave NE, 87111

Eldorado High School – 11300 Montgomery Blvd NE, 87111

Forest Meadow Baptist Church – 54 Hwy 217, Tijeras, NM 87059

Garfield Middle School – 3501 6th St NW, 87107

Hayes Middle School – 1100 Texas St NE, 87110

Herman Sanchez Community Center – 1830 William St SE, 87102

Highland High School – 4700 Coal Ave SE, 87108

Holiday Park Community Center – 11710 Comanche Rd NE, 87111

Hubert H Humphrey Elementary School – 9801 Academy Hills Dr. NE, 87111

Jackson Middle School – 10600 Indian School Rd NE, 87112

Jefferson Middle School – 712 Girard Blvd NE, 87106

Kennedy Middle School – 721 Tomasita St NE, 87123

La Cueva High School – 7801 Wilshire Ave NE, 87122

La Mesa Elementary School – 7500 Copper Ave NE, 87108

Lyndon B Johnson Middle School – 6811 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, 87120

Madison Middle School – 3501 Moon St NE, 87111

Manzano High School – 12200 Lomas Blvd NE, 87112

Manzano Mesa Elementary School – 801 Elizabeth St SE, 87123

McKinley Middle School – 4500 Comanche Rd NE, 87110

Montezuma Elementary School – 3100 Indian School Rd NE, 87106

Mountain View Community Center – 201 Prosperity Ave SE, 87105

North Star Elementary School – 9301 Ventura St NE, 87122

Onate Elementary School – 12415 Brentwood Hills Blvd NE, 87112

Pajarito Elementary School – 2701 Don Felipe Rd SW, 87105

Polk Middle School – 2220 Raymac Rd SW, 87105

Raymond G Sanchez Community Center – 9800 4th St NW, 87114

Rio Grande High School – 2300 Arenal Rd SW, 87105

Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School – 2800 Vermejo Park Dr SW, 87121

Sandia High School – 7801 Candelaria Rd NE, 87110

Taylor Middle School – 8200 Guadalupe Trl NW, 87114

Truman Middle School – 9400 Benavides Rd SW, 87121

Valle Vista Elementary School – 1700 Mae Ave SW, 87105

Valley High School – 1505 Candelaria Rd NW, 87107

Van Buren Middle School – 700 Louisiana Blvd SE, 87108

Ventana Ranch Elementary School – 6801 Ventana Village Rd NW, 87114

Vista Grande Community Center – 15 La Madera Rd, Sandia Park, NM 87047

Volcano Vista High School – 8100 Rainbow Blvd NW, 87114

Washington Middle School – 1101 Park Ave SW, 87102

West Mesa High School – 6701 Fortuna Rd NW, 87121

Zuni Elementary School – 6300 Claremont Ave NE, 87110

Links to relied upon news sources are here:

Endorsements For ABQ City Council Districts 2, 6 and 8; No Endorsement In District 4 Race As Voter Fraud Allegations Surface; Candidate Guest Columns Reflect The Leadership City Needs Now For Its Immediate Future; Vote November 7!

$200 Million In General Obligation Bonds On November 7 Ballot For Voter Approval; Voters Should Vote YES To Invest In Ourselves And City’s Quality of Life

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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.