ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque's city election is about to wrap up and voters are deciding on a number of candidates and issues, but the race everyone is watching is the mayor's race.
Incumbent Richard Berry is hoping for another four years, but former Public Safety Director Pete Dinelli and retired cop Paul Heh are looking to change that.
It's the final push for the incumbent, the lone Democrat and the self-proclaimed underdog.
“I just wanted to call and remind you it's Election Day and ask if we can count on your vote for Mayor Berry,” a staffer over at Berry’s headquarters told a potential voter.
"I'm a volunteer for Pete Dinelli for mayor,” a man said over the phone at Dinelli’s.
“This is an election of David versus Goliath,” Heh said.
All three candidates are asking you to fill in the bubble by their name for mayor of Albuquerque.
Dinelli hit the polls when they opened at 7 this morning. So did Berry along with his wife. Heh voted early in an election he calls absolutely critical.
“This election is not about me, it’s about fixing the city of Albuquerque,” Heh said. “If you don't vote, you don't win. If you don't win, the city doesn't change.”
The former APD cop says crime has gone up since Berry took office. But Berry argues otherwise, saying the streets are safer since he took office.
“We’ve had a good first four years, a good first term and got a lot accomplished,” Berry said.
At the Dinelli camp, more than 25,000 phone calls have been made in the last few weeks asking for votes.
The former Public Safety Director and "staunch Democrat" says he’s optimistic.
“This election is going to be decided by turnout and we think we’re going to have a good turnout of Democrats,” Dinelli said. “So, I’m very optimistic. I think this race is doable.”
As for Heh, he's kept things simple in handling much of his campaign himself. He's calling for more work in the city.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs now,” Heh said. “Not a year from now, not two years from now. Now.”
Berry says he's ready to get to work first thing Wednesday if re-elected.
Polls across the city are open until 7 p.m. If any candidate gets 50 or more percent of the vote, they'll be named mayor. If not, the top two will move into a run-off election.
News 13 will start live election results shortly after 7 p.m. online with full coverage in our later newscasts.
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