KRQE Poll: Albuquerque voters weigh options for mayor, cite crime as top concern

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s mayoral election is less than four weeks away — so what issues do Albuquerque voters care about the most, and which candidates are winning over the most voters? It’s a crowded field with eight candidates battling to be Albuquerque’s next mayor. With so many candidates, it’s unlikely that any one of them will get more than 50 percent of the vote. That would force a runoff between the top two vote getters in November, but KQRE News 13’s poll opens up a surprising possibility. KRQE News 13 asked registered voters if the election were held today, who would you vote for? Twenty-two percent said they would choose State Auditor Tim Keller. That’s twice as many as each of the next two candidates. “You have the plausibility that Keller — if he performs as well as he has not only among Democrats but among Independents — there’s a plausibility that he gets to the 50 percent threshold, and we’re not even talking about a runoff,” political expert Gabe Sanchez, a UNM political science professor, said. However, three candidates with broad name recognition are polling at or near 10 percent. City Councilor Dan Lewis polled at 11 percent, lawyer Brian Colon polled at 10 percent, and County Commissioner Wayne Johnson polled at 8 percent. The most important number, though, may be the last: 36 percent of registered voters say they are still undecided. So there are still plenty of voters who are watching the candidates and waiting to make up their minds. KRQE News 13 also asked voters about the most important issue facing Albuquerque. The poll shows a whopping 65 percent say crime is at the top of their list. “Not surprising to anybody who watches the news. If you ask voters in this poll, ‘What’s the most important issue to you?’ Guess what — crime, the overwhelming front runner,” Sanchez said. That compares to just 13 percent who said jobs matter most, and 11 percent who said the economy is the most important issue. “So it’s not surprising that all the candidates — if you pay close attention to their ads, their Facebook posts, their speeches, you know, all their discussion — what are they focusing on? Crime,” Sanchez said. With just weeks left until Election Day, you are likely to see more and more ads from candidates trying to convince voters that they alone can make the city safer. “At the front of the mind of all voters is: who’s going to do the best to be able to address the crime epidemic that we have in the city of Albuquerque? I think that’s really what this election is going to be about,” Sanchez said. The poll also shows that 48 percent of voters are at least somewhat confident that the next mayor can fix the city’s economy and crime problem.
Polling Methodology & Results

For this poll, a sample of likely households was chosen from the population registered to vote in the city of Albuquerque for a “hybrid” automated (for landlines)/live (for cell phones) poll, where 74 percent of the phone numbers were landlines and 26 percent of the phone numbers were cell phones. There were 500 completed responses to 11 poll questions. The survey was conducted August 26-27. The margin of error, with a 95 percent confidence interval, was 4.4 percent. The party registration of respondents was 52-34 percent Democratic/Republican (14 percent Independents). The geographic breakdown of the respondents was as follows: 52 percent from northeast Albuquerque, 19 percent from northwest Albuquerque, 22 percent from southeast Albuquerque, and 7 percent from southwest Albuquerque (The dividing lines for these four quadrants of Albuquerque are the (east/west) Rio Grande and (north/south) Interstate 40).
Poll Results

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Group Studies Front Range Rail Service

DENVER (CBS4)– A group will study a new passenger rail service that would stretch up and down the Front Range of central Colorado. The commission is made up of government representatives from Denver to Trinidad. The group is working on a plan to make a Front Range train a reality.
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They have until Dec. 1 to send their plan to the state Legislature. It would outline the steps moving forward and all the funding options.

Teen Injured In Violent Santa Barbara Microburst With 80 MPH Winds

SANTA BARBARA (AP) — A teenage girl was badly injured during the Labor Day weekend in Santa Barbara by a dramatic microburst linked to remnants of former Tropical Storm Lidia flowing over Southern California. KEYT-TV reports the 16-year-old was on West Beach when the violent wind hit Sunday afternoon, sending umbrellas, surfboards and small boats flying. Videos posted on social media show the storm arrive with gusts and pounding rain, and then the aftermath of shattered trees and local street flooding. The National Weather Service says downslope winds had caused coastal areas to heat up considerably in the morning, and around 3 p.m. Santa Barbara Harbor reported an 80 mph (129 kph) gust. The weather service says archived radar returns found a signature of the microburst “crashing towards the surface” around Santa Barbara. TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lawyer: Video Shows Excessive Force By Police

By Dominic Garcia AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Aurora Police Department saying several of their officers used excessive force against her. The incident happened Dec. 22, 2015 at an UCHealth emergency room located at 15300 E. Mississippi Avenue in Aurora.
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Attorney Adam Frank says his client, AyZhana Williams, had just taken her boyfriend to the hospital after he was shot. He says when police showed up she let them search her car but questioned them when they asked for her keys.
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“At the end of the day, the keys are keys. They had nothing to do with the case but the officer makes an illegal demand for the keys. You can see he puts his finger in her face and is demanding the keys,” Frank told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.
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The incident was caught on one of the hospital’s surveillance cameras. After questioning the sergeant, the video then shows the plaintiff drop the keys to the ground in front of him. Her lawyer says the video shows the sergeant put his forearm across her throat and then start choking her. He then says several more officers help tackle her to the ground.
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“If that wasn’t bad enough the first officer, the one who started it all, who made an illegal demand for the keys, stands up, walks over to Ms. William’s head and stomps on her head. It puts my jaw on the floor. I still can’t believe it happened.”
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The Aurora Police Department says they just learned about the allegation.
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In a statement they said, “The plaintiff did not file a complaint with the APD through the Department’s complaint system… We are taking this allegation seriously. At this time, Chief Metz has directed that the incident be investigated immediately by the Internal Affairs Bureau.”
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Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

Retired Cop Organizes Supply Drive For Hurricane Survivors

(CBS) — Millions of Americans have been moved by the stories and sights of Hurricane Harvey’s endless devastation. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has the story of a retired police officer who feels compelled to gear up for an 1,100-mile drive to Texas. Word of mouth and a simple sign were all it really took for residents to begin bringing supplies – everything from pet food to diapers to toilet paper to bleach — for hurricane victims. The relief effort was ignited by retired Police Officer Jack Kielczynski. Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott has given Kielczynski permission to keep the truck parked in this city lot until Friday, when it will move on to Houston. It’s the third time the 72-year-old has organized a supply drop like this; the others were for Baton Rouge and Hurricane Sandy victims. “I was a police officer for 40 years. I see there’s people with problems,” he says. Volunteers call it inspiring. “These are tough times – a lot of polarization out there, and when there’s a tragedy one thing I notice, all that stuff doesn’t matter,” Babette Holder says. “People come together.” For more information about the effort or making a donation, email Jack at

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Premiere Recap: ‘Election Night’ Takes on Trump-Era Hysteria

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the premiere of “American Horror Story: Cult,” titled “Election Night,” which aired Sept. 5 on FX. For many, Nov. 8, 2016, was, truly, an American horror story. As former real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump was elected president over the expected winner Hillary Clinton,... Read more »

Police Need Help Solving Deadly Hit & Run Investigation

DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver have released new surveillance images of people wanted for questioning as well as the suspect vehicle wanted in a deadly hit-and-run. Police released pictures of the people wanted for questioning in connection with the fatal crash. The vehicle collided with a pedestrian just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 26 at 20th Street and Blake Street. That pedestrian was later identified as Steve Glade.
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Surveillance footage shows two men and one woman standing near a security guard.
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Police say the vehicle is described as a black Range Rover with Colorado license plate VXQ-677. Investigators say the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage and was last seen driving southbound on Interstate 25.
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Glade’s family released this statement to CBS4: “Steve was a great friend, co-worker, boyfriend, brother and son. The love he gave others during his life is being returned to our family during this difficult time from those in our community whose lives he touched. Steve would have contributed much more to his community and this world. The person who hit him made sure that we will never know. We are eternally grateful for all the love and support we’ve gotten and we ask anyone who may have any information about Steve’s death to please contact the Denver Police.”
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Anyone with information regarding these crimes or recognizes the suspect in the sketch is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.