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Voters in New Mexico's largest city set to choose next mayor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Voters in New Mexico's largest city are set to choose its next mayor amid concerns about crime and the economy.

Democrat Tim Keller is facing Republican Dan Lewis in a runoff Tuesday, a day after an ethics board ruled Keller violated campaign finance laws.

The board did not issue sanctions against Keller, a former state lawmaker and currently the state auditor.

Keller contends the violations weren't intentional. Lewis has suggested that Keller thinks he is above the law.

The election comes a week after Democrats won governorships and legislative seats in Virginia and New Jersey and took mayoral seats in places like Helena, Montana.

Both Keller and Lewis say they want to hire 400 officers and have the Albuquerque Police Department return to neighborhood policing amid a rise in crime.

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