GOP Chair Robert Gibson
The Los Alamos County Republican Party held a special election Thursday, Jan. 3 to fill its chairmanship vacancy created when Jordan Redmond resigned due to professional commitments.
The Party selected longtime Los Alamos resident and former County Councilor Robert Gibson as its new chairman.
“Political parties have an important role in our democracy, the most basic being to encourage and support candidates for public office. Nowhere is that more important than at the local level, where few citizens have the knowledge, networks, or courage to plunge into political candidacy without help,” Gibson said in a statement on becoming Chair of the Los Alamos County Republican Party. “Unfortunately, legislative action at the state and federal level has increasingly become a blood sport between party caucuses. But once elections are over, our local parties very rarely get involved directly in governing. That’s as I think it should be. Electoral politics, particularly its party partisan aspects, isn’t my favorite component of the democratic process. But it is an essential part. My own interest is more in public policy and effective governance. However, activity by the Los Alamos County Republican Party has declined in recent years. Revitalizing the party is a job that needs to be done, so I’m willing to try to do it. The Republican Party is a very large tent. We are a diverse group of people with a wide range of interests and beliefs. We welcome all who believe sensible, fiscally responsible governments that support personal and economic freedom and responsibility, instead of stifling and draining it, are worth working for.“
Gibson will serve as chair until the County Organizational Convention in April.
Current officers also will remain in place until the convention:
- Bill McKerley, 1st Vice Chair
- Joe Archuleta, 2nd Vice Chair
- Mike Weaver, Secretary
- Norma Tech, Treasurer
The Los Alamos GOP holds its regular meetings at 7 p.m., the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17 with the location to be determined.