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Candidate Tastes Own Foot

Candidate Tastes Own Foot

'As a woman on the Council, I am appalled at the broad statements Mr. Kerwin made' -- City Councilor Diane Gibson

ABQ-City-LogoCity Councilor Diane Gibson has denounced a claim by Sam Kerwin, a 22-year-old City Council candidate, that “currently, [the Council is] a bunch of old guys, and they have a bunch of old, outdated ideas.”

“As a woman on the Council, I am appalled at the broad statements Mr. Kerwin made about the makeup of the City Council,” Gibson said of the apparent Trump-ism by Kerwin, a University of New Mexico student who, if elected would be the youngest Albuquerque city councilor in history.

” Clearly he has not paid attention to who we are, working every day for our constituents.  I’m proud of my record of elevating the issue of pay inequity with the Pay Equity Reporting Ordinance that requires all city vendors to report their gaps in pay according to gender and offering incentives to close their gaps, and legislation focused on economic development around the Winrock area. None of that has been done by an old man on the Council,” she said.

Kerwin’s statement was reported by KRQE-TV Channel 13 earlier this week.

Along with Republican Hess Yntema, Kerwin and Pat Davis, executive director of ProgressNowNM.org, are vying to replace retiring City Councilor Rey Garduno in October’s City Council election. The seat represents District 6, which includes the Nob Hill, the University of New Mexico area and Southeast Heights.

“District 6 deserves someone who isn’t going to spend four years making offensive Trump-style statements for media attention,” Davis said.

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