- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two new candidates have entered the race to become the next mayor of Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2iZG3e9) that City Councilor Dan Lewis and retired police detective Michelle Garcia Holmes made separate campaign announcements Sunday.

They join Democrats Deanna Archuleta, a former Bernalillo County commissioner and first candidate to enter the race, and Stella Padilla, a retired Old Town resident.

Lewis is the first Republican in the race. Garcia Holmes is an independent.

Mayor Richard Berry has said repeatedly that he won’t seek re-election to a third term. This year’s race is the first mayoral campaign in 20 years without an incumbent on the ballot.

More candidates are expected to announce their campaigns later this month, and other candidates could emerge throughout the spring. Election Day is Oct. 3.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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