ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Voters in Albuquerque have three choices for their next mayor and over the next three nights, KRQE News 13 will profile each of the candidates. Each candidate will be asked the same four questions and a fifth individualized question.
Conservative radio host and only Republican candidate Eddy Aragon said the mayor’s office was the end of everything. For Aragon, winning in November would mean swapping his radio platform for local politics.
âI got into this because I wanted to see a debate about the things that really matter. The city, COVID, crime, commerce and corruption and that was going to be my goal in order to drive the dialogue to improve the city of Albuquerque. I want it to be better for my six year old son, my nine year old son, âsaid Aragon.
Aragon believes he is right for the job because of his diverse career. âI certainly have a background in political science and economics. I have many years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, operating as a commercial real estate broker. I own a business because I own a radio station, KIVA AM1600 and I am someone who is a shareholder in the community, âsaid Aragon.
Asked about the weaknesses of his opponents, Aragon says incumbent mayor and Democratic candidate Tim Keller is too leftist. âMayor Keller is a smart man. He’s a smart man. He is a very educated person. He is, unfortunately, primarily motivated by his political ideology. The progressive left has really gained the upper hand. I am disappointed to see him going in the direction he has taken and therefore towards the city, âsaid Aragon.
As for his other opponent, Aragon believes Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales is completely unqualified and dangerous for the city. âI mean, if you want to see a disaster, you would choose Manny Gonzales. I am very, very disappointed with the type of person he was. The shots he took at Mayor Tim Keller, without merit, represent a huge liability for the city of Albuquerque. I can’t imagine what type of leader or what Albuquerque would look like under a mayor, Sheriff Manny Gonzales, âAragon said.
Crime is one of the main issues discussed in the mayoral race and KRQE News 13 asked Aragon why he thinks he can fix the crime when no one else has. âThe Department of Justice cannot be used as an excuse; National trends cannot be used as an excuse. We need to staff our services; They need people and resources. We do not have a commercial burglary division, residential burglary division. We need to speed up our compliance so that we can withdraw the Department of Justice within the next two years. We cannot fight crime while fighting the Ministry of Justice, âAragon said.
Aragon’s fifth and final question is whether voters can trust him to pull Albuquerque out of the pandemic. He is the only candidate who has never held public office or worked with the city government. Aragon says his background as a business owner and businessman makes up for that.
âI think we have to look at this a bit like we saw during Donald Trump’s tenure. Donald Trump saw everything as a business. I think we need to stop attacking success, stop attacking people who want to get a job done. That’s what I’m here for. I’m not here to run for another job. I have no future plans. I just want to make the city of Albuquerque a better place, âsaid Aragon.
On Thursday evening, KRQE News 13 will meet with Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales. Election day is less than two weeks away.