Open letter from Paul J. Heh
With today’s submissions to the Albuquerque city clerk , over 7,500 of this city’s voters have endorsed my candidacy for Mayor with their signature. From business people to college students, city employees to bankers, retired to active duty, and from public safety to public maintenance, citizens from all walks of life have told me the same theme over and over: they are tired of our city leaders lying and saying things are fine when they are not, and that Albuquerque is doing great when it can do so much better.
My special thanks goes out to all the volunteers that spent their afternoons and weekends away from their families. With your help you have given citizens of this city the voice they so desperately want on the ballot in this mayoral election. They want a non-politician to be their mayor. They want somebody who understands their situation, whether it’s great or tragic, and restore honesty, integrity, and hard work back to the office of the Mayor of Albuquerque. They want me, Paul Heh.
Much has been said about “finances” in this mayoral race. That whomever has the biggest bank account, the most heavily funded special interest super-pac, and the fattest donor base is the front runner. Well, as we’ve seen, money has already tainted the race. Both of my opponents are having to address what seem to be unlawful donations. To his credit, I’m told Mr. Dinelli has done the honorable thing and given the few hundred dollars given to him by city contractors to charity. Mayor Berry however continues to hide behind lawyers and, true to his form, refuses to honor rules that control this election process. With over $19,000 of unlawful funds donated to his campaign by city contractors, Mayor Berry’s campaign lawyers argue the rules don’t apply to him. Once again, it’s not Mayor Berry taking a position, but people for Mayor Berry. And once again Mayor Berry refuses to follow the rules.
While I’m keenly aware that it takes money to run a campaign, I will refuse to make it the priority. This campaign is about fixing this city, and to do that we need heart and sweat, not a continuation of the policies that have led us to where we are today.
As I said when I declared my candidacy months ago, I will not hide behind lawyers like Mayor Berry. I will lead this city from the front. With myself and the other two candidates now on the ballot, this campaign begins in earnest and to them I say let the fun begin!