Political News

Lots of Filing Day Action at Clerk’s Office

ELECTION 2012 News:

By Carol A. Clark

By 10 a.m. this morning, Republican candidates for county council had all paid their $50 fee and filed to run for one of three available seats.

Roger Waterman arrived first followed by Marc Clay and Vincent Chiravalle filed third.

County Council Chair, Sharon Stover was unable to file in person, but sent a proxy, her husband Steve Girrens. She is seeking the position of County Clerk.

The Clerks Office will draw for ballot position immediately after the filing closes at 5:00 pm.

Check back throughout the day for more news on this developing story. Read More

Marc Clay Gives GOP a Full Slate for Council

Marc Clay

Longtime Los Alamos resident Marc Clay told the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening that he is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.

“Ever since I went through the Leadership Los Alamos program (2005-2006) I’ve been grooming myself to serve in a leadership position. I’ve taken several obligations off my plate and my family is behind me in this decision,” Clay said. “Through the Leadership Los Alamos program, I’ve gained a well-rounded understanding of the issues and I believe our town really needs ideas to get through these troubling Read More

Roger Waterman Throws Hat in County Council Race

Roger Waterman. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos native Roger Waterman announced today that he is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.

Waterman is a Republican and partner in TRK Management, a family business.

“I served three terms on council a long time ago and now have more time to spend (on public service),” Waterman said. “I feel that perhaps with my prior experience on council and my business experience, I can bring a healthy perspective to the council.”

Three seats are coming vacant on county council this year.

Councilor Vincent Read More

Who is Running for Office and Who isn’t?

By Carol A. Clark           

Three seats are coming vacant on the Los Alamos County Council and there has been a lot of speculation about who will run and who will not.

Vincent Chiravalle

To set the record straight – Councilor Vincent Chiravalle announced Thursday night during the Los Alamos Republican Party’s monthly meeting at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel that he is definitely filing Tuesday for re-election.

Sharon Stover

During interviews with the Los Alamos Daily Post, Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Mike Read More

GOP New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention Closes Today

By Carol A. Clark

Several candidates at today’s GOP Pre-Primary Convention at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque were assured top spots on the ballot for the June Primary election.

Longtime local and state Republican Party leader JoAnn Johnson was a delegate at today’s convention.

“About 800 people attended this very well organized event,” said Johnson who is campaign coordinator for U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson in Los Alamos County. “Lt. Gov. John Sanchez nominated Heather and the entire hall broke out in applause.”

Sanchez recently dropped out of the senate race and threw Read More

U.S. Senatorial Candidate Heather Wilson Wins New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention by a Landslide

Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., at a Town Hall meeting this week in Los Alamos, today garnered 83 percent of the vote at the State Pre-Primary Convention in Albuqueruqe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, won the New Mexico Republican Pre-Primary Convention by a landslide today, garnering 83 percent of the vote and demonstrating strong grassroots support from the conservative wing of the party.

In failing to get 20 percent of the vote, Wilson’s opponent Las Cruces businessman Greg Soward Read More

Los Alamos Democrats Travel to Martin Heinrich Event in Espanola

U.S. Senatorial candidate Rep. Martin Heinrich, left, with Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz Tuesday night at a fundraiser at  Anthony’s on the Delta in Espanola. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Democratic Party News:

U.S. Senatorial candidate Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., addressed supporters from Los Alamos and Santa Fe at a fundraiser at Anthony’s on the Delta in Espanola Tuesday night.

A large crowd listened to the Congressman talk about what can be done to help Los Alamos and the nation.

Los Alamos residents Ann McLaughlin and Bill Wadt attended Tuesday’s fundraiser for Read More

Local GOP Elects New Officers

Members of the Los Alamos Republican Party. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Republican Party News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party elected new officers during its monthly meeting this evening at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.

Jordan Redmond was elected chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party, replacing Ron Dolin who resigned last month after serving nearly three terms.

Bill McKerley was elected 1st vice chair, filling the vacancy created when Redmond became chair.

Joe Archuleta remains 2nd vice chair.

Norma Tech continues to serve as treasurer and Mike Weaver as secretary.

The officers Read More

Heather Wilson Draws Many LANL Employees to Her Town Hall Meeting

LANL employees and others listen to Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson during her Town Hall meeting late Wednesday afternoon at the Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

A large crowd turned out to hear Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speak at a Town Hall Meeting at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel late Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson spoke of her background and experience before fielding questions from the audience of slightly more than 100 people.

At age 17, she entered the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated in 1982. A Rhodes Read More

Town Hall on Future of LANL Set for Wednesday

WHO: Heather WIlson, Candidate for U.S. Senate

WHAT: Heather Wilson Hosts Town Hall on the Future of Los Alamos National Laboratory

WHERE: Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.

WHEN: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14

“The Obama Administration’s decision to eliminate nearly 800 jobs at Los Alamos Labs jeopardizes our national security and our economy. New Mexico needs someone who will fight for our laboratories —someone who understands our state’s unique contribution to national security.” -Heather Wilson, candidate for the U.S. Senate Read More

Heinrich and Lujan Score Big at Democratic Pre-Primary Convention

Former New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan high fives son Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who won the Democratic Party Pre-Primary Convention garnering 91.91 percent of the delegate’s vote to Harry B. Montoya’s 8.09 percent at the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Convention results:

U.S. Senate:

Martin Heinrich907 votes (54.77%), Hector Balderas 749 votes (45.32%)


U.S. House of Representatives:

Congressional District 1: Michelle Lujan Grisham 179 votes (25.94%), Eric G. Griego 281 votes (40.72%), Martin J. Chavez 230 votes (33.33%)
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Heinrich Receives Red Boxing Gloves

U.S. Senatorial candidate Martin Heinrich-D-N.M., held a news conference with President/CEO Max Ritchman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare March 2. The event was held at the Center for Progress & Justice in Santa Fe and featured discussion on strengthening Medicare and Social Security for New Mexico’s current and future senior citizens. The NCPSSM endorsed Heinrich and presented him with a pair of red boxing gloves. Heinrich is running against Republican Heather Wilson for retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s seat. Photo by Carl Newton Read More

Los Alamos Democrats Attend Pre-Primary Convention Today


Today’s New Mexico Democratic Pre-Primary Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center with members of the Los Alamos Delegation including David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, Pete Sheehy, Cathy Chapman and Karen Kendall. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

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Congressional Candidate Blasts Opponent, Calls on Congress to Halt LANL Layoffs

Candidate Rick Newton News:

Rick Newton, Taos Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3, blasted opponent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, in a news release, charging him with endangering national security and for having an uncaring attitude toward the nearly 800 people losing their jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Newton ripped incumbent Lujan saying, “Once again, Lujan has chosen the narrow partisan interests of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico. Lujan actually said ‘LANL is not immune from these cuts in the President’s budget,’ Read More

Dems Paint the Town Blue

New Mexico House of Representatives Democratic Candidate Stephanie Richard, left, with LAPS Teacher Andrea Determan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By Kirsten Laskey

“This is our year,” said Stephanie Richard, candidate for New Mexico District 43 House of Representatives, to the crowd assembled at the Los Alamos Democratic Party’s County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday.

With the room packed and the walls plastered with campaign posters, the mood felt optimistic. This was reflected in Richard’s words when she said a friend from Santa Fe commented Read More

Pete Sheehey Announces Bid for County Council

Democrat Pete Sheehey announces his candidacy for county council Thursday night. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


County Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey announced his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Democratic Party County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel.

Sheehey made the following statement:

I’m Pete Sheehey, and I am running for Los Alamos County Council. I’ve lived and worked here for 25 years, and Los Alamos has been a good home for me. I think we can make it better. There are two things I would Read More

County Political Parties Elect Delegates

Norma Tech jots down delegate nominees during the GOP County Convention at the VFW. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

George Chandler tallies delegate votes during the Democratic County Convention at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday evening. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


By Kirsten Laskey and Carol A. Clark

Both political parties held their county conventions at the same time Thursday night. The Los Alamos Democratic Party held its county convention in the upstairs meeting room at the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive. The Los Alamos Republican Party held its Read More

Rep. Jim Hall’s Morning at the Hive

Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties visited the Los Alamos Daily Post operation inside the Hive in White Rock Thursday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rep. Jim Hall, left, learns about a hydroponic grape plant growing project underway in the wet lab at the Hive from Jung Hong. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Richard Browning discusses technology innovations with Rep. Jim Hall during his Thursday morning visit to the Hive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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2012 Legislative Session Could Have Been Worse

Rep. Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Just before returning home to White Rock after the close of the 2012 Legislative Session Thursday, Rep. Jim Hall shared his thoughts on the last 30 days at the state capitol.

“While you’re in the midst of it, it’s sort of a blur,” Hall said. “The primary purpose of the 30-day session is to get a budget passed and we got a pretty good budget passed ($5.65 billion.) There are always other things you would like to see in there but it’s a pretty good budget – it could have been worse.”

To the relief of many, lawmakers passed the balanced Read More

Los Alamos Democratic Party Holding County Convention

The Los Alamos Democratic Party will hold its County Convention at 7 p.m., Feb. 23 in the upstairs meeting room at the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive.

Members will divide into wards to select 20 delegates and one alternate to attend the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention March 10 in Albuquerque.

Democratic candidates have been invited to attend the convention. Read More


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