Party Members, Candidates and Representatives Attend GOP Pre-Primary Convention

GOP County Party Chair Robert Gibson, right, and Vice Chair Bill McKerley who served as last month’s Pre-Primary Convention Chairman. Courtesy photo
Longtime Los Alamos GOP leader Vernon Kerr, left, chats with 3rd Congressional District candidate Steve McFall. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover and Los Alamos Board of Education President Jim Hall. County Councilor Rick Reiss is at left. Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party held its Pre-Primary Convention Jan. 30 and successfully carried out its business and goals. A large number of party members, many candidates and their representatives gathered in the Jeannette Wallace Hall on the UNM-LA Campus.

Ward caucuses elected 12 delegates to attend the State Pre-Primary in Albuquerque March 1. The delegates are Vincent Chiravalle, James Chrobocinski, Robert Gibson, Jim Hall, JoAnn Johnson, Jaret McDonald, Bill McKerley, Francine Mendoza, Jeff Sharp, Norma Tech, Marie Todd and Mary Wilhoit.

Recently announced candidates or designated representatives gave spirited talks concerning election campaigns. Petitions were available for signatures that had to be collected before the filing deadline. Several candidates mentioned that they decided to run for election because of great concern over current government leadership. They stated that they felt they could not wait any longer to become involved.

Allen Weh, running for U.S. Senate, was represented by his daughter, Debbie Maestas. Jeff Byrd, running for the 3rd Congressional District seat, spoke of his qualifications and desire to represent New Mexico and its people. Steve McFall, also running for the 3rd Congressional District, stated his passion for creating jobs and helping others rise above difficult circumstances.

Rick Lopez, the first Republican candidate for State Treasurer in several decades, hopes to bring openness and honesty to his office. Judge Allen Kirk, seeking reelection as Los Alamos County Municipal Court Judge, stated his intent to continue offering citizens impartial access to being heard and due process. James Chrobocinski, owner and broker at Zia Realty Group, seeks to bring his business and financial expertise to the office of Los Alamos County Assessor.