Election 2017: Albuquerque's Next Mayor

Albuquerque voters will be electing their next Mayor in October. Mayor Richard Berry is not running for re-election. Albuquerque municipal races are non-partisan, and there are no primary elections. Eight candidates are vying for the position.  New Mexico In Depth has created this webpage for you to explore how money flows through the election, as part of our ongoing journalism to illuminate the influence that money has on our electoral process. This Silk application has a robust visualization component that lets you explore how the candidates stack up against one another in various ways. Click within the sections below or the Explore tab in the menu above to get started. We'd love to hear observations you have about the data, or let us know what other data points you'd like to know. You can reach us at marjorie@nmindepth.com. 

Explore the following visualizations.

This chart shows who's raised the most campaign money:

Total Raised as of July 14 of Albuquerque 2017 Mayoral Candidate datacards


The following chart shows who has the most donors. Tim Keller outstrips the field, because he was required to get small donations from one percent of Albuquerque voters in order to qualify for public financing.  Other candidates will be building their donor pool until the end of the campaign. And one candidate, Ricardo Chaves, is self-financing his campaign, saying he's not going to take money from anyone. 

Total number of Donations of Albuquerque 2017 Mayoral Candidate datacards


This graph looks at the percentage of donations that were $200 or less: 

Percent of donations that were $200 or less of Albuquerque 2017 Mayoral Candidate datacards


And this table shows the percentage of donations that were $1000 or more: 

Percent of donations that were $1000 or more of Albuquerque 2017 Mayoral Candidate datacards


But while the percentage of donations that were $1000 or more remains under 30 percent for all candidates (see graph above), the amount candidates raised from those donors was significant. For instance, 29% of the donations received from Dan Lewis were $1000 or higher. But those same donors accounted for 81% of his total amount raised. Similarly, 17% of Brian Colon's donors gave $1000 or more, but account for 76% of his total amount raised. 

Percent raised from donations of $1000 or more of Albuquerque 2017 Mayoral Candidate datacards


What observations do you draw from the data? Click on the "Explore" tab in the menu at the top of this page and see what you find.