County Council to Appoint New Member Tonight

County Administrator Harry Burgess speaks with some of the candidates under consideration to fill a vacancy on council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos County Council is preparing to publicly interview, in Council Chambers this evening, the following local residents who submitted letters of interest to fill a vacancy on Council created by the resignation of Ron Selvage in August:

  • Edward R. Birnbaum – Former NMSU Faculty/Former LANL Employee – Democrat;
  • John L. Bliss – Works at LANL – Republican;
  • Stephen T. Boerigter – Works at LANL/Serves on UNM-LA Advisory Board – Declined to State Political Party;
  • Andrea S. Cunningham – Works at LANL/Serves on LAPS Foundation Board – Democrat;
  • Phillip H. Kunsberg – Businessman/Former LANL Technical Staff Member – Declined to State Political Party;
  • Ralph L. Phelps – Former County Councilor/Works at LANL – Republican; and
  • Rick Reiss – Developer/Serves on Kiwanis Board – Republican.

Each applicant will answer questions from Council and an elimination round when the meeting gets underway at 7 p.m.; this appointment is the only item of business on the agenda.


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