CBS News Symbol

62
Source:   —  November 15, 2017, at 3:13 AM

M. -- Democrats wrested control of New Mexico'south largest city from the GOP on Tuesday as Democratic NM State Auditor Tim Keller easily won a race to become Albuquerque'south following mayor.

CBS News Symbol

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. -- Democrats wrested control of New Mexico'south largest city from the GOP on Tuesday as Democratic NM State Auditor Tim Keller easily won a race to become Albuquerque'south next mayor.

According to unofficial results, Keller beat Republican Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis with sixty-two % of the vote compared to thirty-eight % – results CBS Albuquerque affiliate KRQE called "a blowout" -- in a race that centered on the city'south raising crime rates and its struggling economy.

The election came a week after Democrats won governorships and legislative seats in VA and NJ and took mayoral seats in places such as Helena, Montana.

Keller told a packed room at Albuquerque'south historic Andaluz Hotel his triumph was a rejection of fear and "speech that divided us" - a veiled jab at President Trump.

"We embraced inclusion. We embraced unity," said Keller, who'll replace GOP Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who opted not to seek re-election.

Lewis, who joined Keller in a runoff, thanked supporters and said he hoped Keller would succeed as mayor. "I just wish him the very best," Lewis said. "I wish him to be a great mayor."

Keller'south triumph also came a day after a city ethics board ruled Keller violated campaign finance laws.

The board didn't issue sanctions against Keller, who's been successful in past campaigns for a state legislative seat and the state auditor's post.

Keller contends the violations weren't intentional, but Lewis said he was disappointed that the ethics board let his opponent off the hook despite finding that he violated the city'south election code.

"This ruling serves as proof that Tim Keller lied to Albuquerque voters and illegally worked with his political allies to funnel cash to his campaign," Lewis said late Monday. "How can we believe Tim to keep criminals in this city accountable when he thinks he's over the law himself?"

Keller dismissed accusations that his campaign was dishonest, saying the ethics board well-known "our excellent faith efforts" and provided needed clarity going forward for maintaining a public campaign finance system.

In Albuquerque, Democrats have traditionally had a lock on the mayor'south office. Berry was the first Republican to win the seat since the mid-1980s.

Berry said early on he'd not seek re-election to a third term, setting the stage for the first mayoral campaign in twentieth years without an incumbent on the ballot.

It also marks the city'south first mayoral runoff since one thousand nine hundred ninety-three. Keller and Lewis were the top two vote-getters in the Oct. three mayoral election but the runoff was triggered because none of the candidates on the original ballot received fifty % of the vote.

Keller said he wants to hire more officers and have the Albuquerque Police Dept return to neighborhood policing.

KRQE notes that Keller had the endorsement of both the police and fire unions. Members of both said they're thrilled with the election's results.

Keller and Lewis both have called for revamping the police force'south administration, which is in the process of implementing federally mandated reforms aimed at addressing what the U. S. Justice Dept in two thousand-fourteenth called a culture of excessive force.

The mayoral campaign was in full swing just weeks ago as the FBI released statistics showing violent crime in Albuquerque latest year jumped around sixteen percent.

The city had a violent crime rate of 1.112 incidents per 100.000 residents in two thousand-sixteenth. While the rate isn't among the highest in the nation when it comes to cities of similar size and demographics, it's well over average for cities with a pop of 250.000 of more. Cities in that category have an average violent crime rate of 711.

Albuquerque also recorded a property crime rate per 100.000 residents of 6.860 - more than twice the average for cities with a pop of 250.000 of more.

READ ALSO
Papa John's: We didn't imply to be 'divisive' on NFL protests

Papa John's: We didn't imply to be 'divisive' on NFL protests

Papa John'south is trying to repair the damage caused by its CEO'south controversial comments about the NFL protests.

39
Steve Kerr: Celtics see love they'll be atop E for years to arrive

Steve Kerr: Celtics see love they'll be atop E for years to arrive

-- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it appears the Boston Celtics have emerged as the following team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

41
For memorable results, Gregg Popovich wants Spurs to forget Kawhi Leonard

For memorable results, Gregg Popovich wants Spurs to forget Kawhi Leonard

"I think a team just has to play in a sense love he doesn't exist," Popovich said. "Nobody cares if you lost a excellent player, right? Everybody still wants to whip you." Certainly, the Dallas Mavericks harbored such desires.

60
Former Tesla Factory Worker Files Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination

Former Tesla Factory Worker Files Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination

Marcus Vaughn, the plaintiff, worked for Tesla earlier this year, from April twenty-three to Oct. thirty-one, during which time he and at minimum one other black employee were repeatedly called the N-word, according to the lawsuit.

21