2017 Albuquerque Mayoral Forum

Candidate Information

Find out more about each candidate on the city’s website, https://www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/candidate-information/2017-mayoral-candidates


Ricardo has a deep and abiding love for Albuquerque, where his family has lived for 14 generations, one of the original Land Grant families. He founded Parking Company of America in 1963 and built his family business into one of the largest privately-owned parking operations in the United States.


Brian was raised in Los Lunas, Bosque Farms, and right here in Albuquerque. His involvement in politics formally began when, in 2008, he was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. In 2010, he ran for Lieutenant Governor where he won a heavily competitive 5-way state primary election.


Michelle is an Albuquerque native who has spent most of her life working in public service. She worked with APD for 20 years and is retiring as a detective with the Crimes Against Children unit and spent eight years as the Chief of Staff for the NM Attorney General’s Office.

I will ensure that our multi-generational centers and senior centers will provide assistance in utilizing and learning new technology.


Born and raised in Albuquerque, Wayne attended Sandia High School and the University of New Mexico, where he worked his way through college in television news as a news photographer. Wayne is the owner of Vista Media, an electronic media company, and is currently a Bernalillo County Commissioner representing District 5.



In 2014, Tim Keller was elected one of the youngest State Auditors in the country. His vision for the Auditor’s office includes developing policies for distributing financial resources throughout the state more equitably and efficiently. He also created New Mexico’s first Government Accountability Office (GAO).


Dan was elected to the Albuquerque City Council in 2009 and ·re-elected in 2013, representing the largest council district in our city. Dan is currently Executive Vice President at Desert Fuels, Inc. and volunteers at community organizations such as LifeOuest, a juvenile justice mentoring program, where he serves as a member of the Board of Ambassadors.


Gus grew up in Albuquerque and engages in arts, science, athletics, and business in the city’s theatres, labs, stadiums, and streets. He is an active participant in healthcare infrastructure, and served as an intern for Project Echo- a movement that strives to ensure equal access to healthcare. He is recent graduate of the University of New Mexico.


Susan  has  lived  and  worked   in Albuquerque for 11 years and considers this city her home. She is very involved in the community, and her organization, Urban ABO, promotes and informs about local urban development in the Albuquerque metro area.


Register to vote!  Find out more at the New Mexico Voter Registration Information website.


Absentee vote between Tuesday, Aug 29th - Tuesday, Sep 12th. You can find more information on the Bernalillo County webiste.


Early vote between Wednesday, Sep 13th - Friday, Sep 29th. You can find more information on the Bernalillo County website