James Robinson Announces Candidacy For Council

James Robinson is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos born James Robinson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this week to share the news that he intends to file his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.

Robinson, 29, submitted the following news release along with a video detailing his plans. The video is available for viewing at here https://youtu.be/1BRGfP36G4I.

Robinson’s News Release:

As many of you might remember, last May, I decided to take a step back from politics here in Los Alamos. That decision was made to gather my energy and take time to reflect.

Like many others in our country, I have been very discouraged by politics as they are playing out at the national level. Although I have considered changing my party registration in the past, the elections in 2016 and 2017 became the tipping point for me. I could give many specific examples but suffice it to say that the Republican Party has changed to the point that I feel it no longer represents me or my values.

I strongly believe that:

  • Conservation and protection of our natural world is critically important;
  • Use of science to evaluate and solve problems is necessary;
  • High-quality education, formal or trade, at the local and college level is a key factor for young people to achieve success; and
  • Good government has a role to play in improving our communities but also should have its limits.

Recognizing my view points on these issues, many Democrats have encouraged me to join their party. When I evaluated my own beliefs and priorities, I found that they were in line with the values of the Democratic Party. So, just before the New Year, I changed my party registration. I know this decision will come as a shock and surprise to some, but I believe it is the best for me.

Although politics at the national level has been discouraging, as a candidate and as the previous chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County, I have witnessed that our local politics can be civil and productive, and it is my hope that 2018 will continue the trend.

I have always sought to serve my community and have decided to seek office once again. I would like to announce my intention to file, as a Democrat, for the office of Los Alamos County Council.

As a Los Alamos native, Los Alamos has always been my home. I was educated in Los Alamos from Elementary school all the way through my Associate degree from UNM-LA. Even as I furthered my education at the main UNM campus, Los Alamos remained my home away from home. Many of my milestones in life happened in Los Alamos, my first job, my first apartment and my first purchased home.  

Since returning to Los Alamos after my undergraduate degree, I have been an active member of the community. I currently serve as chair of the Environmental Sustainability Board. I co-founded a non-profit for wildlife rehabilitation, which brought New Mexico’s first ever Bear Festival to Los Alamos. I graduated from Leadership Los Alamos and chaired the committee for the UNM-LA Mil Levy.

My focus on council would be: upgrading and expanding of infrastructure and housing, clarification of the county ordinances, expansion of the county’s environmental initiatives, and development of tourism and recreation.

Our county has an exciting yet challenging future ahead, and many of these initiatives will be dependent on the path of the LANL contract and GRT funds. The next council will need to hear and effectively communicate with its citizens to make these long-term decisions. I believe I can provide an open channel for the citizens and a unique voice for those decisions.

Over the next few months, I look forward to campaigning across this wonderful county and discussing Los Alamos’s future with you, the citizens. I hope I can earn and count on your support.

If you would like to join me, please, Like and Share this video and send me a message. Together, we can go beyond the partisanship and bring a bright future to Los Alamos.

Robinson’s Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/VoteJNRobinson/?ref=bookmarks.

James Robinson stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this week to share the news that he intends to file his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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