Los Alamos native Antonio Maggiore sat down with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss his platform now that the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee unanimously appointed him to fill a vacancy in this year’s County Council race.
The 39-year-old ran for public office for the first time during this year’s council race in the June Primary. He lost the chance to move on to the November General Election by just 34 votes. Democratic council candidate Kristin Henderson withdrew from the race Friday to spend time with family so the Party chose Maggiore to get back in the race.
“Most people have to wait several years for a second chance and to be thought of highly enough to be offered this second chance … I’m humbled,” he said. “When I lost by just 34 votes I was overwhelmed and very taken aback by the strong support I received from this community … I expected some support but not that much. Kristin leaves a big vacancy and big shoes to fill and I hope I can be as strong a representative for families and everyone in town.”
Maggiore explained why he decided to run for council and detailed his platform.
“I’m running because I’m tired of complaining and I want to make a difference,” Maggiore said. “I’d like to increase support for small business, improve citywide access to transportation, see us get serious about a green footprint and a sensible approach to economic development that will promote and encourage tourism.”
The Democratic Party has appointed Maggiore in time for his name to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election.
Maggiore graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1995 and attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
Maggiore’s father Carl Maggiore worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He passed away five years ago. His mother Edwina Lieb ran the registration and college testing programs at Los Alamos Public Schools. She has retired and lives in Santa Fe.
Maggiore has owned Ecolutions for nine years. The company’s focus is xeric, permacultural native landscape design with an emphasis toward rainwater harvesting, organic gardening, maintenance and restoration of natural gardens and habitats. Ecolutions’ mission is to reduce the urban footprint on cityscapes and private landscapes utilizing natural, organic processes to enhance the environment and address practical issues concerning local food and watershed.
“We strongly believe that our local actions have a global impact,” he said. “With that in mind, we make every effort to consider the whole when working with even the smallest part.”