Marketing campaign money, actual property cash fueling Metropolis Council runoffs

District 7 Albuquerque Metropolis Council candidates Tammy Fiebelkorn, left, and Lori Robertson

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The true property business and Democratic politicians are pouring cash into the Albuquerque Metropolis Council runoff election, serving to the 4 candidates nonetheless in competition increase practically $180,000 mixed in a month.

Heading into the ultimate week of the marketing campaign, District 7 hopefuls Tammy Fiebelkorn, a Democrat, and Lori Robertson, a Republican, are in a monetary lifeless warmth. Every has raised about $44,000 complete through the runoff cycle and has a present steadiness of practically $33,000, in keeping with finance studies filed with town.

Within the District 9 runoff, Democrat Rob Grilley has a monetary edge over his Republican opponent Renee Grout. Grilley, who has outraised Grout by about 14%, has practically $33,000 nonetheless in hand in comparison with her $25,265, information present.

Subsequent Tuesday’s runoff election will settle the 2 remaining council contests and, though the races are technically nonpartisan, decide the political steadiness of town’s nine-member legislative physique. The winners will be a part of 4 Democrats and three Republicans.

Robertson, an actual property agent, has raked in money from the true property and development industries. Her prime donors – every giving $1,499 – embody Clay Azar of Metro Business Realty, Deborah Harms of Solar Vista Business Actual Property, Dale Armstrong of TLC Plumbing, and the industrial actual property improvement affiliation, NAIOP New Mexico. She’s additionally acquired huge contributions from the oil business, together with $1,400 from Harvey Yates and one other $1,400 from Jalapeño Corp.

District 9 Albuquerque Metropolis Council Candidates Rob Grilley and Renee Grout

Grout has acquired assist from comparable donors, together with $1,499 every from NAIOP and Armstrong, and $1,400 from Jalapeño Corp. She additionally reported $1,499 every from The Auto Clinic (her household’s automotive restore store), James Grout and Jeree Hindi Tomasi.

Fiebelkorn and Grilley, in the meantime, have been banking money from different Democratic officers’ campaigns. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s marketing campaign gave $1,499 every to Fiebelkorn and Grilley. New Mexico Senate President Professional Tem Mimi Stewart’s marketing campaign gave $1,000 to every, as did the marketing campaign for Home Majority Chief Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque.

Jim Collie, a former Democratic member of the Bernalillo County Fee, additionally has given every $1,000. Different donors who gave to each Democratic council candidates embody businessmen Paul Blanchard, Steven Chavez and Charles Fresquez who every contributed $1,499 to Fiebelkorn and Grilley.

Grilley additionally has acquired $1,499 from the Albuquerque Space Firefighters Union.

There are additionally a number of political motion committees fundraising and spending within the council runoff elections, studies present:

– Wholesome Economies Result in Progress – powered by actual property cash – is working to elect Robertson and Grout. It has raised $42,200 through the runoff, and has $60,212 nonetheless in hand because of carryover from the common election.

– ABQ Staff First, a union-backed PAC supporting Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $62,500 through the runoff cycle and nonetheless has $10,034 accessible.

– The Democratic Get together of New Mexico’s PAC, which can also be backing Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $25,360 and has a present steadiness of $10,137.

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