Los Alamos GOP Election Headquarters Officially Open

Candidates gather with community members and party leaders Monday for the grand opening of the Republican Party of Los Alamos headquarters at 1362D-1Trinity Dr., between Viola’s and the new Subway. From left, candidates Jeff Byrd for U.S. Congress, Bill McKerley for county council, Judge Alan Kirk for Municipal Court judge, Geoff Rodgers for House Rep. Dist. 43, Jaret McDonald for sheriff, John Bliss for county council, Rick Reiss for county council, Abe Dispennette for county assessor and Rick Lopez for state treasurer. The public is welcome to visit the new headquarters, which will generally be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information on the election, candidates and registering to vote will be available in the headquarters. The telephone number is 505.695.8080. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses the crowd at Monday’s grand opening event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jeff Byrd discusses his candidacy for the U.S. Congress from District 3. Council candidate and GOP Party Vice Chair Bill McKerley and Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women President Mary Wilhoit look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Republican Party of Los Alamos Chair Robert Gibson welcomes attendees and introduces the candidates who each said a few words at Monday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Rick Reiss, who is running to retain his seat, used a hot dog as an example of the County’s essential services saying the hot dog needs to be wrapped in a bun – the necessary support for those services. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women President Mary Wilhoit distributes campaign contribution checks to candidates on behalf of her organization at Monday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Former County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, right, mingles at Monday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County assessor candidate Abe Dispennette, right, manned the grill at Monday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP treasurer Norma Tech, left, and County Assessor JoAnn Johnson set up the buffet table. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff candidate Jaret McDonald’s wife Jennifer, center, and party member Mary Brooks, right, add fixings to their hot dogs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor/candidate Rick Reiss with County Assessor JoAnn Johnson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Nancy Bliss admires the GOP 2014 celebration cake. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Cake time. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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