Says 86-year-old Father's Illness A Factor
Eight Candidates Remain
Mayoral candidate Deanna Archuleta said Friday that she is dropping out of the race because of health problems with her 86-year-old father.
It means that there are now eight candidates left in the race.
“It is with great sadness that I write today. I have made the difficult decision to step out of the Albuquerque Mayor’s race,” Archuleta said in email to supporters. “However, recent developments with my 86-year-old father’s health have forced me to choose between caring for the man who has supported me my whole life and serving the community I love.
“In the end, like so many other New Mexicans would, I have chosen my family. My father has always been there for me and for my boys when we needed him. Now it’s our turn to care for him.”
Archuleta, former Bernalillo County commissioner who served in President Barack Obama’s administration, said she will be staying out of the public eye for the immediate future.
“While I will be stepping back from public life for now, I ask that you renew your commitment to doing the little things that help build our community,” Archuleta said. “Take the time to talk with a stranger; you may just find a friend. Find a few hours to volunteer at your local school; you may just be the smiling face a child needs. And stay engaged and informed; yours may be the voice that says the words that inspire change and help move our city forward.”
When it came to money raised for the campaign, Archuleta apparently would have been a force. According to her April 28 campaign contribution filing, she had raised $140,943. The campaign spent $47,117 and had $93,825 cash on hand.
The other candidates remaining in the race are State Auditor Tim Keller, City Councilor Dan Lewis, attorney Brian Colon, recent UNM graduate Gus Pedrotty, Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson, businessman Ricardo Chaves, civic group founder Susan Wheeler-Deichsel and former Albuquerque police officer Michelle Garcia Holmes.
The election is on Oct. 3.