Pete Sheehey First Candidate Of The Day To File

County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a Democrat, just declared his candidacy for reelection to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Today is filing day in Los Alamos County for residents wishing to run for the position of probate judge, county clerk or county council.

County Councilor Pete Sheehey just filed his candidacy for reelection. He is the first candidate of the day to file. The Los Alamos Daily Post will report on each candidate filing throughout the day so visit often through 5 p.m. today.


Sheehey released the following statement:
I am filing March 8 to be a candidate on the June 2016 Democratic Primary Election ballot for Los Alamos County Council.
Los Alamos has been a good home for me, and I think we can make it even better. When I ran and was elected four years ago to the County Council, I said that I would help County Government keep spending within reasonable limits, and yet go ahead with needed investments in infrastructure, education, economic development, and recreational amenities. These are things that will make our town more inviting to everyone, from students and single people, to families with children, to retired people. I have lived here since 1986 as a student and then a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a family. I retired in 2012, so I have had the time to give to the job of County Government and continue to learn about the issues affecting our town.
There’s a new generation of people coming to work here, and they see a lot of the same things I saw when I first came here: a healthy and beautiful environment, interesting work, and friendly, intelligent people. We need to ensure our community has the opportunities and amenities that are inviting to newcomers, and good services for all.
There are four areas I will continue to focus on: communication, prioritization, sustainability and fiscal responsibility. Communication means listening to people, and
telling people honestly and clearly what our issues and choices are. Prioritization means making good, hard choices.
Sustainability is not just about how we use our natural resources, but also about using all our resources wisely. Los Alamos will remain a prosperous town, even with the frequent uncertainty of Lab budgets. We will be able to afford the important things for our community, as long as we make good choices.
Fiscal responsibility means spending our money efficiently. Tax revenues spent wisely on good investments for Los Alamos will pay off for all of us in the long run. County
government must earn people’s trust if support for such investments is expected. That trust is earned when everyone in county government does business with integrity and treats all people with respect.
I knocked on thousands of doors in 2012, asking people what they think about County Government. I have continued to listen since then. I will be happy to share my ideas,
and listen, in the coming campaign. To see more of my ideas and record, I invite people to visit my website,
Filing Details:

Residents have until 5 p.m. today to officially file their candidacy in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. The cost to file is $50.

Important Dates  

The 2016 Primary Election is June 7

Tuesday, April 5, 5pm

  • Last Day a candidate may withdraw from the Primary

May 5 & 19 – Tentative Date

  • Testing & Certification of Voting Machines
  • Early Voting Machines:  Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Election Day Machines:  Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 10   

  • Absentee Voting Begins

 – by Mail and In Person

  • Council Chambers, LAC Municipal Bldg.
  •    Monday thru Friday,   8am-5pm

Tuesday, May 10   

  • Voter Registration Closes – 5pm

Saturday, May 21   Early Voting Begins

  •  – White Rock Library
  •     8am to 6pm –  Monday thru Saturday
  •  – Absentee/Early Voting @ Chambers
  •     Hours extend to 8am to 6pm –  Monday thru Saturday

Friday, June 3    

  • Last Day to Mail Absentee Ballots

Saturday, June 4    

  • All Absentee/Early Voting ends  

Monday, June 6   

  • Last day to cast a replacement Absentee Ballot

Tuesday, June 7   

  • – Primary Election Day – Polls Open 7am – 7pm
  •  – Absentee Ballots shall be accepted until 7pm

Friday, June 10   (Tentative)

  • Canvass @ 2pm, Room 200

Monday, June 13   

  • Voter Registration Re-Opens

Thursday, June 30  Filing Day for:

  • Independent Candidates,
  • Minor Party Candidates, and
  • Write-in Candidates 
  • 9am to 5pm in the County Clerk’s Office