Albuquerque woman takes mayoral bid fight to court


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A retired Old Town resident isn’t giving up her fight to become Albuquerque’s next mayor, despite losing in court.

Candidates had to submit 3,000 signatures from registered voters to get their name on the October ballot. However, Stella Padilla fell 171 signatures short. 

Padilla filed a lawsuit against the city clerk, saying she actually submitted more than 4,000 but the clerk’s office wrongly disqualified many of them.

A state district judge has dismissed her lawsuit after the city argued only voters whose signatures were thrown out could file the lawsuit.

Padilla’s attorney says she will take the lawsuit to the Supreme Court.

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