ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he has a passion for the city and he’s going to run for re-election.
Berry and challengers Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh filed their paperwork with the city clerk on Tuesday, officially kicking off the mayoral race.
Later this week, their names will be drawn to determine the order in which they will appear on the ballot.
Election Day is Oct. 8. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held Nov. 19.
Berry is Albuquerque’s first Republican mayor in more than 20 years. The businessman is known for his low-key style.
Dinelli, a Democrat, served previously as city attorney and chief public safety officer.
Heh, a Republican, is a retired Albuquerque police sergeant. He served nearly 25 years with the department.