Mayoral candidate: I don't want ABQ to be the Detroit of New Mexico

Posted at: 07/30/2013 2:33 PM
Updated at: 07/30/2013 2:42 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque mayoral candidate Pete Dinelli just announced his economic plan if he wins the race in October.

Dinelli will face current Mayor Richard Berry and former police officer Paul Heh.

At a campaign rally in downtown Albuquerque on Tuesday, Dinelli said he doesn't want Albuquerque to be the Detroit of New Mexico.

In the plan, he mentions the importance of supporting small business, attracting entrepreneurs, repairing bridges and sidewalks.

But the main thing he focused on was job creation.

"My plan will recreate anywhere between 15 to 20,000 jobs in the Albuquerque area, and we're going to do it with no new taxes," he said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reached out to Mayor Richard Berry's camp and they responded, "What Dinelli doesn't want Albuquerque voters to know is that while on the city council, Dinelli voted to hurt middle class families and make it harder to create new jobs by raising taxes, including higher taxes on visits to the dentist's office, higher taxes on groceries and even voted to raise the gas tax."

Paul Heh also released this statement to KOB: "It's easy to say. I would like to add half a million jobs. It's one thing to say but how will he do it?"

It will be up to voters to decide on Oct. 8.


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