Letter to the Editor: Elections For All But Los Alamos

Elections For All But Los Alamos

By RICHARD “SKIP” DUNN
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

Ahhh!  Hints of spring are in the air. The Sandhill Cranes are flying north, the days are longer, and communities all over New Mexico are alive and vibrant with talk and debate surrounding the issues and candidates to be voted on in the municipal elections.

In New Mexico, most municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday in March (March 4 this year) including surrounding towns of Santa Fe, Espanola, Jemez Springs and Taos: and in all the farthest reaches of the state; Raton and Clayton in the northeast, Carlsbad and Hobbs in the southeast, Silver City and Lordsburg in the southwest, Farmington and Aztec in the northwest.

Albuquerque has city elections in early October, separate from the State and Federal election in November.

Los Alamos is about the only municipality – if not the only ­– that has no municipal election separate from the general election. Los Alamos is out-of-step with the rest of New Mexico to have no separate municipal elections; do we want to be?

LAGRI members are interested in hearing what others have to say about this issue and others. Local citizens should know that there is still an organization formed for these citizen discussions. Being non-partisan, all citizens, including minors, can bring their ideas to the table.

LAGRI is a non-partisan forum for citizen governmental review and participation that promotes policies that allow for direct and meaningful citizen participation in government.

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