ABQ city council hopefuls talk Fair Work Week, transit and more

For the first time in the campaign, seven candidates for Albuquerque city council sat together to discuss city issues. In a forum hosted by NAIOP, a real estate development group, the council hopefuls answered a series of questions, which they had seen in advance. Out of the four districts up for election this year, two have candidates running uncontested. In district two, council veteran Brad Winter is running against newcomer Israel Chavez. The two candidates seemed to be on the same page on the issue of reforming the city’s development ordinance, but had different thoughts when it came to the proposed Fair Work Week Act, aimed at requiring certain benefits for workers.

Here’s how ABQ city council candidates spend money

As Albuquerque’s October city elections approach, campaign finance reports are trickling in. The latest period for campaign reports covers July 17-Aug. 13. Four city council seats are up for election, only two of which have more than one candidate. We’ll start with Pat Davis, who we’ll disclose here helps raise money for New Mexico Political Report through his role as Executive Director of ProgressNow New Mexico to keep our operations running but exerts no control over our editorial content.