One hat already in for mayor, more likely to come

Posted at: 01/06/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 01/06/2013 10:20 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

One person has already announced he will enter the race for 2013 Mayor of Albuquerque.

Pete Dinelli announced in front of his home Sunday he will run for mayor. Dinelli lost in the 1989 mayoral race for Albuquerque.

Mayor Richard Berry could not immediately comment about running for another term as mayor, but said he would be available to the media Monday afternoon about running. He said through his spokeswoman that he is discussing a 2013 campaign with his family.

Former Lt. Governor Diane Denish would not go on camera but did say she would announce before the end of January if she would run for mayor. She also said, "I feel strongly Albuquerque is in the doldrums, "and, “I'm not afraid of a competitive race,” in regards to the 2013 election.

Denish referenced APD being investigated by the federal Department of Justice and Albuquerque's economy as issues for possibly running for mayor.

In Dinelli's speech earlier Sunday afternoon, he mentioned the same things as central issues for his campaign.

"Public safety affects economic development and the attraction of jobs. They are so interwoven with each other. Businesses do not want to come to Albuquerque. They do not want to bring jobs to Albuquerque if they think Albuquerque is a violent city," Dinelli said.

Another issue Dinelli said put a poor light on the city was lawsuits the city had to pay over the past 12 years. Dinelli called public safety, the economy and lawsuits to the city “indictments” on Mayor Berry’s administration.

Mayor Berry would not immediately comment on Dinelli's comments, but is expected to address them on Monday.

Other candidates who confirmed they were at least considering a run for mayor included city councilor Ken Sanchez and U.S. Department of Agriculture executive Terry Brunner.

Paul Heh, a former APD sergeant, and Pastor Steve Smothermon of Legacy Church are both rumored to be possibly running. Neither have returned voicemails or messages from KOB Eyewitness News 4 to confirm or deny those rumors.