Scenes From Thursday’s GOP Meet & Greet

Third Congressional District candidate Michael H. Romero told the audience gathered for a Meet & Greet Thursday at UNM-LA that there are a lot of things his Democratic opponent, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, hasn’t been doing that he will. ‘Another thing, once the elections are over … you never hear from them again … I will get a mobile home to use as a mobile office and travel around the state speaking to constituents about their concerns,’ Romero said. LAFRW President Bethany Douglas read prepared statements by Republicans challengers Michael Glenn Lucero and Jerald Steve McFall, unable to attend Thursday’s event, who also are challenging Luján. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover explains that she made the decision to run, ‘kind of at the last minute, add that part of the reason she decided to run is, ‘I’m wholeheartedly ready to take the next step and serve the district… .’ Stover currently serves as Los Alamos County Clerk and president of the New Mexico Association of Counties. She is challenging Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP Vice Chair James Chrobocinski introduces Wendy Laird who surprised the audience with her announcement that she is bowing out of the race after one day and throwing her support behind fellow Republican Naomi Maestas. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Wendy Laird withdraws from County Clerk’s race to support GOP candidate Naomi Maestas ‘one thousand percent’. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Clerk candidate Naomi Maestas, left, said she and her husband moving to this community was the best decision they ever made for their three children. She has worked in the County Clerk’s office for 9.5 years. ‘I know firsthand what the job of Clerk entails,’ Maestas said. Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women (LAFRW) President Bethany Douglas emceed Thursday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Steven Girrens said that there were times he thought about not running for another term but decided it was important because he has been involved in several long term issues and projects that must be resolved. He has spent two years working on the charter issue and said, ‘We own our utilities and we’ve got to make some policy decisions… .’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jaret McDonald is running for County Council. He touched on several issues he said are important, adding that public safety is near and dear to his heart … ‘I’d like to see our local officers carry NARCAN’ (nasal spray indicated for emergency treatment of opioid overdose). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

‘Okay – let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way,’ said 24-year-old County Council candidate Patrick Brenner. The 2010 Los Alamos High School graduate added, ‘I see my age as a positive thing.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Third Congressional District candidate Michael Romero’s campaign manager Julie Scofield addresses the gathering Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Yvonne Chicoine resigned her position Friday with the Attorney General’s Office to run for District Attorney in the First Judicial District. ‘The DA’s job is to do justice for victims and for communities,’ she said. ‘Whenever there is a crime, the entire community suffers… .’ The Los Alamos GOP delivered more than 120 signatures to get her on the ballot. She is a distant cousin to longtime Los Alamos Police Ofc. John Chicoine who retired several years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Republican Party Chair Bill McKerley was recently appointed by the County Council to serve as Probate judge until Dec. 31. He filed Tuesday to run for the office. In speaking about his appointment, McKerley joked, ‘I’m as surprised as anybody … I walked in a semi-ordinary human being and walked out a judge.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFRW President Bethany Douglas emceed Thursday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Third Congressional District candidate Michael Romero, left, with GOP Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Audience members mingled with candidates before and after Thursday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressional candidate Michael Romero chats with Francine Mendoza.    Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFRW Vice President Mary Wilhoit at Thursdays event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GOP Meet & Greet Thursday evening in Jeannette O. Wallace Hall at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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