This week on New Mexico in Focus, as voting begins in local elections across the state, NMiF teams with the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative to present a mayoral forum in the state’s largest city.
Incumbent Mayor Tim Keller has three challengers, including one write-in candidate. The other two challengers - Eddy Aragon and Manny Gonzales – joined Keller on stage at Highland High School to talk about key issues and styles of governance. The event was hosted by Cathryn McGill, frequent panelist on The Line and founder of the New Mexico Black Leadership Council.
Election Day for local elections (including Albuquerque) is Nov. 2. Early voting is already underway at county clerks’ offices across the state.
New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.
Eddy Aragon, mayoral candidate, talk radio host
Manny Gonzales, mayoral candidate, Bernalillo County Sheriff
Tim Keller, mayoral candidate, Albuquerque Mayor
New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.