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Guidelines for Publicly Financed Candidates

Guideline information for 2021 City of Albuquerque elected office seekers.

Exploratory Period

Applicants may test the waters before filing for candidacy.

  • Mayoral Candidates: January 1 to February 15, 2021
  • City Council Candidates: March 15 to April 30, 2021

Participating candidates shall not have, within one year prior to the declaration of intent to seek public financing, raised or expended any monies in excess of the pre- and post- Exploratory Period contribution limits with the intent or effect of campaigning for elected office.

Qualifying Period

Information about the Qualifying Period

Spending Limit

  • Mayor:
  • District 1:
  • District 3:
  • District 5:
  • District 7:
  • District 9:

Qualifying Contributions

  • Mayoral Candidates: February 16 to March 31, 2021
  • City Council Candidates: May 1 to May 31, 2021

Applicant Candidates must receive Qualifying Contributions from 1 percent of the registered voters in the district the candidate wishes to represent. The number of Qualifying Contributions required for the 2021 Mayoral race will be posted here on February 1, 2021 and council races will be posted here on April 15th, 2021:

  • Mayor:
  • District 1:
  • District 3:
  • District 5:
  • District 7: 
  • District 9:

Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are not elected in the 2021 Regular Local Election.

Petition Signatures

In addition to qualifying for public financing, Applicant Candidates must also gather petition signatures pursuant to the City Charter and Ordinances.

  • Candidates for Mayor must gather more than 3000 signatures from registered voters within the City from February 16 to April 28, 2021.
  • Candidates for City Council must gather more than 500 signatures from registered voters within the district the candidate wishes to represent from May 1 to June 28, 2021.

Election Day

The 2021 Regular Local Election will be held on November 2, 2021.