Actual property cash and marketing campaign money fueling council runoffs

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

The true property trade 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 whole in the course of the runoff cycle and has a present stability of practically $33,000, in response to finance experiences filed with town.

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

The Dec. 7 runoff election will settle the 2 remaining council contests and — although the races are technically nonpartisan — decide the political stability of town’s nine-member legislative physique. The winners will be part of 4 Democrats and three Republicans.

District 9 Albuquerque Metropolis Council Candidates Rob Grilley and Renee Grout

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

Grout has obtained help 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 automobile 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 obtained $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, experiences present:

  • Wholesome Economies Result in Progress — powered by actual property cash — is working to elect Robertson and Grout. It has raised $42,200 in the course of the runoff, and has $60,212 nonetheless in hand on account of carryover from the common election.
  • ABQ Staff First, a union-backed PAC supporting Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $62,500 in the course of the runoff cycle and nonetheless has $10,034 out there.
  • The Democratic Occasion of New Mexico’s PAC, which can also be backing Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $25,360 and has a present stability of $10,137.