October 8, 2021 – Voting has begun in local elections across the state, and this week NMiF presents the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative mayoral forum. The state’s largest city, Albuquerque looks to work its way back from an economic lull while addressing public safety, housing insecurity and other issues.
Incumbent Mayor Tim Keller has three challengers, including one write-in candidate. The other two challengers – Eddy Aragon and Manny Gonzales – joined Keller on stage at Highland High School to talk about key issues and styles of governance. The event was hosted by Cathryn McGill, frequent panelist on The Line and founder of the New Mexico Black Leadership Council.
Eddy Aragon, mayoral candidate, talk radio host
Manny Gonzales, mayoral candidate, Bernalillo County Sheriff
Tim Keller, mayoral candidate, Albuquerque Mayor
For More Information:
New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative Livestream Archive (Full Forum)
Albuquerque mayoral hopefuls face off at Black voters’ forum – Associated Press
Policing, racism and homelessness center stage in the 2021 ABQ mayoral election – Source NM
A Note From Gene
The New Mexico filmmaking community brought its talents to $624 million worth of feature film, episodic television and new media last fiscal year, according to the New Mexico Film Office. Our film industry is important for a lot of us in New Mexico, whether we are in the business or not.
That’s why I’ve been tracking the recent developments surrounding the IATSE strike authorization vote, and most importantly, what would happen here in New Mexico if IATSE members walk off the job as they protest their contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
We’re having enlightening chats with journalists and industry insiders over on our New Mexico in Focus Facebook page, most notably during my Wednesday noon Facebook Live segments. I’ve interviewed the senior media writer for Variety following the authorization vote, as well as representatives from IATSE Local 480 here in New Mexico. (Hurry on over! That one’s scheduled for Friday.)