Los Alamos Republican Party Unites On Basis Of Values At Ward Caucuses And Biennial County Convention

Local GOP Party Chair John Bliss conducts the final meeting of his term during the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Party members applaud outgoing Chair John Bliss and thank him for his service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County held its Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The purpose of the convention was to elect new County Central Committee members, County Officers and delegates to the Republican State Central Committee.

New Mexico Republican Party Second Vice Chair Kelly Zunie traveled to Los Alamos Saturday morning to speak at the convention. She brought greetings from recently elected State Party Chair Steve Pearce and First Vice Chair Rick Lopez.

During her motivating talk Zunie encouraged Party members to unite on the basis of values.

“We need to be respectfully united,” she said.

Zunie also acknowledged former Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and welcomed him as a new member of the Republican Party.

Lucero told the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday morning that he officially changed his party affiliation last Wednesday from Democrat to Republican.

“I changed my Party affiliation based on Republican values that include God and country, life, and the Constitution of the United States,” Lucero said.

During the ward caucusing, Lucero and the other members broke into five wards to elect ward delegates and chairs. 

Party members also elected new officers Saturday including Chair Bill McKerley, First Vice Chair James Whitehead, Second Vice Chair Paul Jaramillo and Treasurer Jane Gordon. The position of secretary is open.

Convention Chair Robert Gibson wrapped up the convention thanking the members and saying, “This is American grassroots democracy at work and I appreciate all of you participating”.

 

Republican Party of New Mexico Second Vice Chair Kelly Zunie addresses the crowd gathered Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Outgoing  GOP Party Secretary Mary Wilhoit reads the call at the RPLA Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge as outgoing Chair John Bliss, center, and Convention Chair Robert Gibson look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Convention Chair Robert Gibson briefs Party members and fields questions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the RPLA Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Outgoing  GOP Party Secretary Mary Wilhoit places five Ward signs around the room to prepare for Ward Caucuses Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of ward caucusing underway Saturday during the convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Party members gather in their ward area to caucus during Saturday’s convention including former Sheriff Marco Lucero, center, who recently joined the Republican Party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Party members gather in their ward area to caucus during Saturday’s convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Another group of Party members gather in their ward area to caucus during Saturday’s convention. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local GOP member Shona Neff, left, and Treasurer Jane Gordon count ballots. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local GOP Treasurer Jane Gordon, left, and member Tara Fulbright count ballots. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Newly elected Party leaders from left, Treasurer Jane Gordon, Chair Bill McKerley, First Vice Chair James Whitehead and Second Vice Chair Paul Jaramillo. The position of secretary is open. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Convention Chair Robert Gibson wraps up the Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday saying, ‘This is American grassroots democracy at work and I appreciate all of you participating’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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