In spite of stark partisan differences between the two candidates vying to become Albuquerque's next mayor, Albuquerque Interfaith succeeded in leveraging public commitments from both in support of the construction of a behavioral mental health center.
Leaders leveraged these commitments by organizing the largest forum for mayoral candidates during the runoff campaign. Each candidate appeared individually and engaged a panel of four leaders around an agenda which included behavioral health, land use, public education and immigration. The broad agenda allowed for common ground to be identified with each candidate, creating space for the success in securing commitments from both on mental health care.
Reverend Trey Hammond of La Mesa Presbyterian presented a teaching on non-partisanship though the lens of the idea of "politcalness" as articulated by Sheldon Wolin.
Keller, Lewis Back Behavioral Health Center for City, Albuquerque Journal
Mayoral Candidates Offer Stark Differences, Albuquerque Journal
How Does Albuquerque Interfaith Engage in Public Life? by Rev. Trey Hammond, La Mesa Presbyterian Church