Letter To The Editor: House Dist. 43 Needs To Be Represented By A Scientist With Experience In Politics

White Rock

Electing Pete Sheehey to the State Legislature will ensure that the best interests of all of District 43 are represented most effectively. The reason is simple District 43 needs to be represented by a scientist, with experience in politics, who also has the best interests of northern NM at heart.

Pete has passion about the issues, such as affordable physical and mental health care for all, plus the ability to apply calm scientific reasoning to problems and proposed solutions. I have known Pete for many years and have seen his effectiveness in creating a bright future for Los Alamos as a County Councilor. I appreciate his support of environmental and educational causes, such as supporting the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, forest preservation and the County’s move toward 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity generation.

Pete’s experience places him in a strong position to work constructively with State government and the myriad individuals, organizations, and businesses that affect the well-being of northern NM. While Pete is passionate about serving our best interests, he is also well grounded in dealing with the day-to-day issues that affect our future.

Pete believes that better support for education, infrastructure, health care for all, and environmental preservation will result in economic development that will benefit all of the people of District 43. As LANL Chief Science Officer and later Science Advisor to Governor Richardson, I learned how essential it is to have both a strong science grounding and an understanding of what drives people and politics in creating positive changes. A background in science provides the critical skills and knowledge needed in today’s high-tech world to independently analyze proposed efforts, compare them to others and modify them to maximize the return on an investment. A political background provides the capabilities to communicate the value of proposed efforts and to work with people in gaining widespread support.

That combination of experience was central in my convincing the Japanese government to invest $57 million in the 1 MW solar array and smart grid system in Los Alamos. Pete’s similar background of science and politics will serve us well in ensuring that actions taken by the State of New Mexico will benefit District 43.

Your vote for Pete is a vote for a healthy and sustainable future for us and our children.


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