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THE CHOICE IS CLEAR!  VOTE BYRON POWDRELL ON OCTOBER 3RD!
I wish we could just talk about the issues, but first I need to address the negative and personal attacks my opponent has desperately leveled against me.  The incumbent has questioned my fitness to serve you and you deserve an answer.  Here it is. Please take a moment to read to the end and then let's get to work.  You can review my positions on the Real Issues Here.
 
Why Choose Negative Campaign Tactics When There is So Much Work To Do?
A person should not be sitting on the Albuquerque City Council who takes our system of justice, our inalienable constitutional rights so lightly.  In our system of constitutional justice, a person is innocent until proven beyond a reasonable doubt guilty.  I pled not guilty in every single one of the allegations current City Councilor Don Harris so cavalierly published on the website he used your tax dollars to pay for.  The fact that the incidents occurred some twenty years ago notwithstanding, in every single one of these allegations, I was found not guilty or the case was dismissed.  My conscience and my record IS clear.

City Council members are often asked to address matters concerning law enforcement and our justice system--indeed crime has risen exponentially in our neighborhood on Mr. Harris’ watch.  I would expect a 12-year city council incumbent and an officer of the court to more seriously regard the principles upon which our nation was founded. As you can see from the letter below in response to Mr. Harris, I refuse to drag this campaign into the rancorous sort of mudslinging we all have seen only too often. In truth, Mr. Harris’ current actions speak volumes about his lack of character and integrity.  I, on the other hand, stand ready to serve you without the need for this kind of unproductive waste of taxpayer dollars

HE'S STANDING ON SHAKY GROUND

An open letter from Byron Powdrell, City Council Candidate District 9 to Councilor Don Harris-12yr Incumbent

You don’t have to disrespect and insult others to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your position is. Red Haircrow

WHO I AM & WHY I'M RUNNING
My name is Byron Powdrell. I am 50 years old, father of 4, father figure to many more. I founded and manage the first successful 24/7 Low Power FM Urban Radio Station in Albuquerque that I built from the ground up. Having grown up in the beloved Powdrell Restaurant family, I learned the value of hard work watching my grandparents persevere in the face of insurmountable odds to build a business in this state. I stand on their shoulders and my record of service as I run for City Council in District 9. With a clear understanding of everything this next right step in my life entails, I commit to running this race with integrity and unwavering resolve. My desire to see a more responsive and better government is that strong.

GRANDPA POWDRELL'S ADVICE
While Albuquerque municipal races are nonpartisan for good reason, the actual behind the scenes maneuvering is dirty partisan politics business as usual. Before I officially announced my candidacy, I received a phone call from a Republican party powerbroker telling me that if I ran, my incumbent opponent would disgrace and discredit me and my family. I did not quit and am proud to say that I have been well received as I walk the streets of my district. I have heard many stories from the voters in District 9—most of whom are displeased with the way our beautiful City is governed by incumbents who don’t ask for input from voters and who fail, time and time again, to deliver on promises they made while on the campaign trail. This past Sunday night, I received a text message from that same gentleman letting me know that my opponent did, in fact, follow through on this threat. When I saw the website that Don Harris, the 12- year District 9 incumbent published, I knew it was designed to force me to give up in disgrace. Instead, I am more determined than ever to continue. This evening, I thought about what my grandfather must have gone through to keep his doors open when he started his restaurant during the civil rights movement back in 1968. I know he would say, "Grandson, don’t ever let anyone make you quit." I won’t.

MY OPPONENT'S PREDICTABLE REACTION TO HEARING MY DETERMINED FOOTSTEPS
I’m certain you will receive mailings that paint me as some convicted criminal whom you should not trust—the Real Byron Powdrell they say. Truthfully, what you see when you meet me is who I am. I have absolutely nothing to hide and I am ready to answer any questions you might have. More than 20 years ago, I was involved in a relationship that resulted in several unfortunate encounters with law enforcement. I have never been convicted of any crime and history and the record will show there are extenuating circumstances that were adjudicated in my favor in every instance. Am I perfect? No. Did I know of these issues before I declared my candidacy? Yes. Did I expect my opponent to try to discredit me as a result? YES. Don Harris did EXACTLY what I expect a 12-year incumbent who is concerned about failed promises and poor constituent relations to do. I’ve been walking District 9 and listening to you and I know he hears my footsteps. So he did what any career politician who is drowning in failed promise quicksand who cannot defend his record would do. He tried to secure his footing by telling you 1) "That likable guy isn’t who you think he is", and 2) "I may not have done what I promised to do for you, but I’m better than he is." This is wobbly, career politician logic and tactics at work.

In closing, I’ll leave you with this quote from Red Haircrow, "You don’t have to disrespect and insult others to hold your own ground. If you do, it shows how shaky your footing is." I’d have to agree. If you do, reject sleazy politics as usual and vote Byron Powdrell on October 3, 2017. I will be your voice.

News

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Thieves Steal U-Haul With Casket Containing Human Remains

JUST WHEN WE THINK WE'VE HEARD AND SEEN IT ALL......

When thieves steal a U-Haul trailer from a hotel parking lot, they’re probably thinking tools, electronics, or jewelry. When they saw what was inside a trailer stolen on Monday morning, they quickly ditched it.

The U-Haul was taken right out of the parking at the Residence Inn near Gibson and Yale. It was then found just down the street, the precious cargo still inside.

 


Monday, September 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project Study Questioned

WAS THERE A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE TO JUSTIFY THE ALBUQUERQUE RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT?

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project may be nearing completion, but it’s been controversial from the start. There are still plenty of questions surrounding it and its benefits, including whether city officials tried to gain support by citing a study that never actually took place.


Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:00 AM

APD Brass Visit New Orleans to Learn About Reducing Crime in the Duke City

NEW ORLEANS, THE CRESCENT CITY, TALKS REDUCING CRIME WITH BRASS FROM THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT

KOB wasn’t the only entity from Albuquerque to visit New Orleans about the DOJ. During our time with Harrison, we learned some APD officials were recently there to learn about DOJ reform.

City of Albuquerque Director of Communications Rhiannon Samuel confirmed APD Assistant Chief Robert Hunstman, Deputy Chief Eric Garcia, Majors Jessica Tyler and Joe Christman, and Lieutenant Greg Weber spent three days with the NOPD to look specifically at the department’s use of force review boards.

There’s a reason we at KOB 4 chose to visit New Orleans on our own. You see, their police department is now heading in the right direction.....

 


Friday, September 8, 2017 8:28 PM

2017 District 9 Council Candidates Face to Face on PBS New Mexico In Focus

I sat down with Megan Kamerick at NMPBS to talk about the issues facing District 9 with my opponents, Paul Ryan McKenney and incumbent Don Harris.  The episode aired on September 8, 2017. 

I'm a radio guy and my brother always teases me that I have a "face for radio."  You'll notice that all of my answers include the constituent voice in coming up with solutions.  There is no way for me to have all the answers--I need your input!


Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:00 AM

It's Time For the New Mexico State Fair!

GRAB THE WHOLE FAMILY AND HEAD OUT TO THE NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR THIS WEEK.  SEPTEMBER 7 - 17, 2017

There's something for everyone at the New Mexico State Fair.  Grab the whole family and go down and support one of Albuquerque's signature events.   I'll be taking some time off from the campaign trail to get out there myself.  I hope to see you there.  Post pictures to my FB page to let me know what you did this year at the New Mexico State Fair!

POST YOUR PICTURES AT THE 2017 NEW MEXICO EXPO ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.


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