Monday, September 17, 2007

More ABQ 6th District City Council Candidate Forums

As published on District 6 City Council candidate Rey Garduno's campaign blog:

  • Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 PM: Forum hosted by the Southeast Heights Neighborhood Association - Bandelier Elementary School, 3309 Pershing SE
  • Wednesday, September 19, 7-9 PM: Forum hosted by Albuquerque Vecinos United - Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE (info 883-0411)
  • Sunday, September 23, 2-4 PM: Forum by Sixth District Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and La Mesa Community Improvement Association - Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE
  • Thursday, September 27, 6-8 PM: We The People Forum hosted by The League of Women Voters and airing on Comcast public accesss cable channel 27 or government TV channel 16

The candidates running for Albuquerque City Council in District 6 are:

  • Rey Garduno
  • Blair Kaufman
  • Kevin Wilson
  • Joanie Griffin

Albuquerque's municipal election is set for October 2, 2007. Registered voters who live in all even-numbered City Council districts will elect a City Councilor. A councilor recall question will also be decided in District 9. All voters will consider a number of municipal bond issues and ballot propositions:

  • Summary of ballot propositions (doc) to be voted upon
  • Description of bond resolutions (doc) to be voted upon
  • Click to determine your City Council District.

    Early in-person voting is now in progress and voters can cast their ballots Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at these locations:

    • Albuquerque City Hall, One Civic Plaza, Downtown, map
    • City Records Center, 604 Menaul NW, map
    • Ladera Plaza, 5300 Sequoia NW, map
    • APS Office Building, 6400 Uptown NE, map

    Voting by mail-in ballot began on August 28th and continues. To request a main-in (absentee) ballot, call the Albuquerque City Clerk at 768-3030.

    For more info on voting matters you can contact the City Clerk's office at 768-3030 or visit their election website. Also check out the nonpartisan Voters Guide produced by the League of Women Voters. To see our previous posts on topics related to the municipal election, visit our archive.

    September 17, 2007 at 09:35 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Events | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Transcript: District 6 City Council Candidate Online Forum

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    The transcript is now available for yesterday's Albuquerque Journal online forum with the District 6 candidates for Albuquerque City Council. Visitors to the site were encouraged to submit questions for Kevin Smith, Blair Kaufman, Joanie Griffin and Rey Garduño (above, left to right), who then answered online. Check it out.

    Albuquerque's municipal election is set for October 2, 2007. Registered voters who live in all even-numbered City Council districts will elect City Councilors. A councilor recall is also on the ballot in District 9. All voters will consider a number of municipal bond issues and ballot propositions. Mail-in (absentee) voting and in-person early voting is going on right now. See our archive of posts on the municipal election for more information on candidates, voting, issues and more.

    TV Tonight: District 2 & 4 Candidates
    Don't forget to tune in tonight to We The People's live TV forum with City Council candidates from Districts 2 and 4. It starts at 6:00 PM on Albuquerque Comcast community cable channel 27. You can also watch a live online stream of the show by going here. Click for more info on tonight's event.

    September 13, 2007 at 11:21 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Media, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    Early Voting Begins Today for 2007 ABQ Municipal Election

    Early in-person voting begins today for the October 2, 2007 Albuquerque municipal election. Registered voters can cast their ballots Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at these locations:

    • Albuquerque City Hall, One Civic Plaza, Downtown, map
    • City Records Center, 604 Menaul NW, map
    • Ladera Plaza, 5300 Sequoia NW, map
    • APS Office Building, 6400 Uptown NE, map

    Voting by mail-in ballot began on August 28th and continues. To request a main-in (absentee) ballot, call the Albuquerque City Clerk at 768-3030.

    Early in-person voting ends on September 28, 2007 and that's also the last day to get an absentee ballott from the City Clerk.

    Voters in even numbered City Council districts will cast their ballots for City Council. All voters will consider municipal bond issues and five ballot propositions. Voters in City Council District 9 will vote yes or no on a recall of Don Harris, who currently represents the district on the City Council.

  • To find your City Council district
  • Summary of ballot propositions (doc) to be voted upon
  • Description of bond resolutions (doc) to be voted upon
  • For more info on election matters you can contact the City Clerk's office at 768-3030 or visit their election website. Also check out the nonpartisan Voters Guide published by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County or read our previous posts on the election.

    September 12, 2007 at 11:07 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Online Chat: ABQ City Council District 6 Candidates

    The Albuquerque Journal is hosting an online chat at 7:30 PM on Wednesday night, September 12th, with the four candidates running for Albuquerque City Council in District 6. Rey Garduño, Joanie Griffin, Blair Kaufman and Kevin Williams will participate in the chat, moderated by reporter Dan McKay. To access the chat, click here. You can begin submitting questions right now.

    September 11, 2007 at 10:08 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Media, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Monday, September 10, 2007

    Reserve Now: We The People ABQ City Council Debates

    WE THE PEOPLE- Live audience
    COME SEE the Candidates Answer Your Questions!

    ABQ City Council Candidate Forum Districts 2 & 4 

    Channel 27
    September 13th, 6 p.m.

    The League of Women Voters, Albuquerque / Bernalillo County will moderate City Council Districts 2 and 4 Forum at 6 pm. Live audience will participate with their questions. Doors close at 5:45 pm. Reservations must be made by September 10th; there is limited seating. Meet 'n Greet following the Forum.

    Please call the League office, staffed by volunteers, between 9:30 and noon: 884-8441 or 265-4336.

    Community Cable Channel 27 - SW Corner of Civic Plaza
    Please use the ramp in the center of the Building
    Albuquerque, NM

    Kindly forward this message to your friends.
    TAPE the program if you cannot be present.


    WE THE PEOPLE is an innovative call-in television show looking for TRUTH and TRANSPARENCY in local, state and federal governments. 

    District 6 Forum - Live - Channel 27 on September 27th
    !
    THANKS FOR WATCHING
    Mickey Bock, Host  Judith Binder, Producer 

    Editor's Note: The municipal election in Albuquerque is set for October 2, 2007. City Councilors will be elected in even numbered districts, and there are a number of bond issues and ballot initiatives to be decided, as well as a recall election of Councilor Don Harris for District 9.

    Learn more by checking out the online version of the League of Women Voters Guide for the 2007 Albuquerque Municipal Election or picking up a hard copy of the guide at various locations around the city.

    You can also check out our previous posts on the municipal election at our archive on the topic.

    September 10, 2007 at 11:00 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Events, Local Politics, Media | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Friday, September 07, 2007

    2007 ABQ Election: Get the Guide

    From LWV: The online edition of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters Voters Guide for the 2007 Albuquerque Municipal Election now available. This online guide is intended to present much, but not all, of the information in the hardcopy version of the Voters Guide. The complete Guide will soon be available for downloading here, or you can pick up a copy at libraries, community and senior centers, the League Office at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C, and other places throughout the Metropolitan area. Call the League (884-8441) for more locations.

    Editor's Note: You can see our previous posts on Albuquerque's October 2nd election at our archive.

    September 7, 2007 at 02:37 PM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections | Permalink | Comments (1)

    Sunday, September 02, 2007

    Register by September 4 to Vote in Albuquerque's Municipal Election

    Albuquerque's municipal election day is October 2, 2007. There will be city council elections for each of the even numbered districts, as well as ballot initiatives and bond issues. You must be registered to vote by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 in order to vote on October 2nd.

    Absentee (mail-in) ballots started being sent out to registered voters who request them on August 28, 2007. Call the Albuquerque City Clerk at 768-3030 to request one. Early in-person voting will begin on September 12, 2007 at various locations. This information and more can be found at the website of the Albuquerque City Clerk or by calling 768-3030.

    Click for info:

    You can also often get voter registration forms at libraries and community centers. Click for contact info for libraries and community centers, but call them first before visiting them. Then return the completed form to the City Clerk's office

    City Council Candidates Seeking Election: I'm listing party affiliation, although this election is officially nonpartisan

    District 2:

    • Councilor Debbie O'Malley (D), incumbent, current City Council President
    • Katherine C. Martinez (D), Government Affairs, Home Builders Association of Central NM

    District 4:

    • Councilor Brad Winter (R), incumbent, employed by APS
    • Paulette de'Pascal (D), business consultant

    District 6: Councilor Martin Heinrich is not seeking re-election.

    • Rey Garduño (D), retired, community activist
    • Joan Griffin (recently changed from R to D), public relations and business owner
    • Kevin Wilson (R), owner of toy store
    • Blair Kaufman (D), Governing Board, CNM

    District 8: Councilor Craig Loy is not seeking re-election.

    • Trudy Jones (R), real estate broker

    District 9: Recall election to remove Councilor Don Harris (R).

    To see our previous posts on Albuquerque Municipal Election, see our archive.

    September 2, 2007 at 01:36 PM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Election Reform & Voting | Permalink | Comments (3)

    Thursday, August 30, 2007

    (Updated) ABQ League of Women Voters Open House to Celebrate Municipal Voters' Guide

    UPDATE 9.5.07: The open house and release of the Municipal Voter's Guide has been postponed until Friday, September 7th at 10 AM at the League office.
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    From the League of Women Voters Albuquerque/Bernalillo County: The League of Women Voters will host an open house to celebrate the distribution of their Municipal Voters' Guide. Community leaders are invited. Photo Opportunity: League members will meet Wednesday, September 5th Friday, September 7th, at 10:00 AM at the League Office in Suite W-16 C, 2403 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque NM 87110, to meet and greet community leaders and pick up bundles of the The Municipal Voters' Guide for distribution to the many community locations in the area. Contact persons:

    August 30, 2007 at 08:44 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections | Permalink | Comments (1)

    Wednesday, August 29, 2007

    ABQ Municipal Election Candidate Forum Set for 9.6.07

    From The League:
    If you need more information on the upcoming Municipal Election come out to our Candidate Forum September 6th at 6-8 PM. This forum is being sponsored by 1000 Friends of New Mexico, SAGE Council, SouthWest Organizing Project and the League of Young Voters Education Fund. Together we will be asking City Council candidates what their positions are on the issues that are important to you. The audience in attendance at the South Broadway Cultural Center and people watching the live feed on UStream will be able to ask questions of the candidates.

    So come to this FREE event or stay tuned to the League website to watch the live webcast of the forum.

    When: Thursday, September 6, Tuesday, 6-8 PM
    Where: South Broadway Cultural Center & the League Site streaming with UStream
    What:  Albuquerque United City Council Forum
    More info:  505/242.4036

    August 29, 2007 at 05:19 PM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Friday, August 24, 2007

    ABQ 6th District Council Candiate Forum Set for 9.23.07

    From Charlie Bennett, President, La Mesa Community Improvement Association:

    An Albuquerque City Council Candidate Forum for the 6th District is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, from 2-4 PM, at the Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, in Albuquerque (click for map). The event is sponsored by the Sixth District Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and La Mesa Community Improvement Association. It will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. The  District 6 Coalition is a group of neighborhood leaders elected by 15 neighborhood associations that are chartered by the City of Albuquerque.

    All candidates running for the District 6 City Council seat currently held by Martin Heinrich (who's running for Congress in NM-01) have been invited to participate. These include Rey Garduño, Blair Kauffman, Kevin Wilson and Joanie Griffin. Albuquerque's municipal election will take place on October 2nd, 2007. Click to see a map of District 6. You can also type in your address there to determine your City Council District.

    August 24, 2007 at 10:41 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Events | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    We The People to Present Two Live ABQ City Council Candidate Forums in September

    From WE THE PEOPLE - Albuquerque Cable Channel 27 - Quote-unquote.org, Judith Binder & Mickey Bock, Producers: The first of two forums will take place on September 13th when candidates for Albuquerque City Council Districts 2, 4 and 8 will take questions from a live audience. Candidates for District 6 will be featured  September 27th.

    Officers from the League of Women Voters, Albuquerque / Bernalillo County will moderate the TV Forums on Comcast Community Cable Channel 27, located in the Old County Courthouse, SW corner of Civic Plaza. The Forums will begin promptly at 6 PM. Doors close at 5:45. If you would like a personal moment with the candidates, please stay around following the Forums until approximately 8:30 PM.

    Tickets: Tell your Friends. Sign up for tickets in the League office at 2403 San Mateo NE, W-16C. Please telephone 884-8441 for details. First come, first served. You may also contact: Judith Binder at 265-4336.

    August 23, 2007 at 09:31 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Local Politics, Media | Permalink | Comments (0)

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    ABQ District 6 City Council Candidate Joanie Griffin Masquerading as a Dem

    GriffinThis is a must read. Go directly to Coco's post at Duke City Fix and find out how Joanie Griffin, running for City Council in Albuquerque's District 6, has been masquerading as someone she's not and intimating she's received the endorsements of Dem politicos that she hasn't secured. Griffin, a PR and marketing maven who's reportedly the favorite of Mayor Marty Chavez, is running against progressive Rey Garduño and others in Martin Heinrich's district now that Heinrich is running for Congress. Griffin worked as a press person for Mayor Chavez during his 2005 reelection campaign.

    Not only does Coco relate that Griffin was a registered Republican for years until changing her voter registration to Democrat in April, a few days before she declared her candidacy, she does a little digging to unearth the fact that Griffin has made generous campaign contributions to the Republican cause. Quote:

    ... her Republican credentials are pretty hard-core. A check of the Federal Election Commission website (search for "Griffin, Joan", and "Griffin and Associates" in New Mexico) reveals that Griffin is a major donor, contributing a total of $4,200 to the Republican National Committee, the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and Congresswoman Heather Wilson.

    Griffin's website and other campaign materials don't mention her recent conversion from Republican to Democrat (at least on paper), her connection to Mayor Chavez or her past support of the Republican cause. What they do seek to communicate, using the sort of cleverly constructive language common to PR spin, is that prominent Democrats like Gov. Bill Richardson and Martin Heinrich have endorsed her candidacy when they clearly have not. As Coco says:

    You have to hand it to Joanie. It's all slickly and shrewdly laid out – the overall context creates an illusion of endorsements by prominent and popular Democrats. But the words don't really say that. They're recommending her ad agency skills, not her candidacy to the voters. Pardon me for saying so, but the packaging is deliciously deceptive.

    You have to wonder why a candidate like Griffin would be so ashamed of her Republican orientation that she's done everything in her power to mask it. You also have to wonder why a Democrat like Marty Chavez would apparently annoint her as his choice in the District 6 race when real Democrats are in the running.

    As noted on Rey Garduño's blog, Martin Heinrich has publicly endorsed Rey:

    “I’m proud to endorse Rey for City Council. I know that he will continue to stand up for our neighborhoods in District 6, and make Albuquerque a better place for us all to live. Please vote for Rey Garduño for City Council on October 2nd.” —MARTIN HEINRICH, Current District 6 City Councilor

    Other real Dems and progressive organizations that have endorsed Garduño's campaign include ERIC GRIEGO, Former City Councilor; PAT BACA, Former City Councilor; CISCO MCSORLEY, NM State Senator; ISAAC BENTON, City Councilor; DEBBIE O’MALLEY, City Councilor; MICHAEL CADIGAN, City Councilor; the Hispanic Round Table; AFSCME; and the Central NM Central Labor Council.

    Besides Griffin and Garduño, Blair Kauffman, who describes himself as a moderate Democrat, and Kevin Wilson, a Republican, are candidates in District 6. The Albuquerque municipal election is set for October 2, 2007.

    Also see the post at New Mexico FBIHOP on this topic. To read our previous posts on the October 2, 2007 municipal election, check our archive, including our recent post on how Mayor Chavez is working against the reelection of City Council President Debbie O'Malley in District 2.

    August 20, 2007 at 09:49 AM in 2007 Albq. Municipal Elections, Local Politics | Permalink | Comments (3)