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Mayoral candidates get real life perspective from community

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Five of Albuquerque’s mayoral candidates participated in a Mayoral Forum on Healthy Communities at the United Way of Central New Mexico building recently. Candidates in attendance were Brian Colon, Michelle Garcia Holmes, Tim Keller, Gus Pedrotty, and Susan Wheeler-Deichsel.

The forum was organized around an innovative “fish bowl” format in which candidates listened to community members’ stories, responded with reflective thoughts, and made personal commitments to support a wide range of early childhood issues.

The candidates’ responses will inform the next phase of work for the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership Network. Early plans include setting up a working group focused on city and policy issues and working with the mayoral transition team.

It was a  great opportunity to share the perspectives of our community with the candidates,” explains Tracy McDaniel, ECAP coordinator. “Our objective was to educate candidates on issues within our community that aren’t covered in more traditional formats.”

The Mayoral Candidate Forum on Healthy Communities was made possible by ECAP and the following partners: Bernalillo County Community Health Council, EleValle, International District Healthy Communities Coalition, Mission: Graduate, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, and South Valley Early Childhood Group with support from United Way of Central New Mexico and Albuquerque Community Foundation.

The 2017 City of Albuquerque Municipal Election is on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Early voting takes place Sept. 13-29.

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