Today, the Journal announces its endorsements for the one contested race for the Bernalillo County Commission as well as for local bond elections. For more information, including previously published endorsements, candidate Q&As, district maps and news stories as they are published, go to the Albuquerque Journal’s 2020 election guide at ABQJournal.com/election2020.
County Commissioner, District 4
Republican, George “Walt” Benson
Benson, like too many other Bernalillo County residents, knows what it’s like to be a victim of crime. The business executive and small business owner says two of his high-school-age employees were robbed at one of his ice cream shops – the tip jar and one of the employee’s cars was stolen, then recovered with drug paraphernalia in it – and several thousands of dollars of product were lost when thieves broke into the electrical box and stole copper at his other store.
And so Benson understands when voters say crime is their top concern. He understands the impact crime has on the local economy and has committed to working with the sheriff’s department to formulate a budget and training regimen sufficient to fight crime, ensuring, for example, that more than one deputy is trained in investigative fingerprinting.
Benson opposes the county’s current policy that prohibits jail staff from providing information to immigration authorities, which he says creates a large loophole for criminals. “The more law enforcement agencies are allowed to