City elections to change following voters decision

Posted at: 03/12/2013 5:29 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The City of Albuquerque's Special Election results are in. Candidates for Mayor and City Council will now need 50% of the vote to win. Before, candidates only needed 40%. KOB Eyewitness News 4 wondered what this will mean for future elections in Albuquerque. Political Blogger Joe Monahan thinks there was an edge to be gained.

"It will give the edge to the Democrats because if a Republican gets 40% of the vote they would be forced into a run-off to get 50%. That's harder to do in a Democratic city."

KOB did some digging and found out that no candidate for mayor has ever gotten the 50% now required- not without a run-off election. In 2009 Mayor Richard Berry got 43% of the vote. Blogger Monahan sees the 50% requirement making run-offs for Mayoral Elections much more likely with the new rule in effect.

"I do think that we'll have more run-offs in the future, because most of the city council and mayoral races do attract three, four, five candidates over the years. And it's hard for one candidate in a three-way race to get 50%. So we're headed for more run-offs. That will cost a little bit more."

There are currently three candidates for the next mayoral election. Those candidates are Mayor Richard Berry, Former City Official Pete Dinelli and former APD Sergeant Paul Heh.