How Voters Ranked Local Candidates

Unofficial vote tallies hang on the window in the lobby of the Justice Center Tuesday night. Photo by Salvador Zapien.

By Carol A. Clark

Voters placed Kristen Henderson on top of the six-person race to fill three vacancies on the Los Alamos County Council, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results. Henderson, a Democrat and an attorney who works as a Realtor for REMAX received 1,077 primary election votes.

Marc Clay of Los Alamos National Laboratory came in second with 1,061 votes. He is a Republican who coaches middle and high school sports and is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos and Leadership New Mexico.

Republican Vincent Chiravalle is the sole incumbent in the council race. Voters ranked him third with 1,059 votes. He also works at LANL.

Democrat Pete Sheehey came in fourth with 1,013 votes. He recently took the retirement option offered by LANL.

Republican businessman Roger Waterman received 927 votes. He also is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos and Leadership New Mexico.

Democrat Ken Johnson received 924 votes. Johnson also took the retirement option offered by LANL.

Democrats cast 1,170 votes for Nathan Hjelm running unopposed for Los Alamos County Clerk. Republicans cast 1,358 votes for unopposed Los Alamos County Clerk candidate Sharon Stover.

A mere 49 votes separated incumbent Richard Martinez from challenger Alfredo Montoya in the State District 5 race. Democrat Martinez received 449 votes to Democrat Montoya’s 400.

Democrat Carlos Cisneros ran unopposed in State Senate District 6. He received 380 votes.

Republicans cast 1,368 votes for unopposed State Representative District 43 incumbent Jim Hall. Unopposed Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard received 1,248 votes.

To see unofficial election results for the state and national races, visit

Official results will be posted on the Secretary of State website after being signed by the State Canvassing Board June 26.


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