With five Democrats - four announced and one unannounced - running for Albuquerque's mayor, the large field was decidedly missing a Republican. Our Eyes tell us that now there is one - State Representative R. J. Berry.
The Eyes have it that the two term Republican Representative is set to announce his candidacy on 770 KKOB's Jim Villanucci Show later today. So far, it's an attractive field for a strong Republican candidate that already features a shotgun start of Democrats. We assume that the D field will be reduced by at least one (Rowe) and perhaps two (O'Malley or Cadigan). Rowe will have a hard time qualifying for public financing and the two Councilors while better known are generally targeting constituencies dominated by the two better known Democrat contenders.
If Berry remains the only Republican in the race and runs an aggressive campaign based on lower taxes, economic development, and a smaller city hall he could easily capture the 40% necessary to win the race without facing a runoff. The numbers are in his favor as long as there are 3 or more Democrats vying for the office.
The two candidates that are most likely to be hurt by Berry's inclusion in the non-partisan field are Councilor Cadigan and the Almighty Alcalde himself. Marty has always run as a conservative Democrat that appeals to the Republicans of the Northeast Heights. So far, Cadigan is duplicating the Alcalde's tactic hoping to take the middle away from the current occupant of the 11th floor.
Romero, O'Malley, and Rowe appeal to farther left constituencies and shouldn't be hurt by a Berry candidacy, but might do a great deal of damage to each other should the three remain in the race. It looks like the game's afoot and perhaps we finally have all of the party's represented.