Sharon Stover Kicks Off House Dist. 43 Campaign

Sharon Stover of Los Alamos kicked off her campaign for the House of Representatives in House Dist. 43 Tuesday at a community gathering at Pasta Paradiso on Trinity Drive. Dist. 43 comprises Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties. Watch Stover’s campaign kickoff speech here: https://youtu.be/kyDjG8B8OjM. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover addresses Tuesday’s gathering of some 90 people who turned out for her campaign kickoff at Pasta Paridiso. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

 
Sharon Stover kicked off her campaign for House Dist. 43 Tuesday at Pasta Paradiso. She is running on the Republican ticket against Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard.
 
House Speaker Don Tripp traveled from Socorro to attend Stover’s event.
 
“I made a promise to Sharon that she’ll be on the appropriations committee and she will because I make that appointment,” Tripp said.
 
Morrie Pongratz served as emcee for Stover’s campaign kickoff event.
 
“Now folks it is my pleasure to introduce a friend who has been impressing me with her character, her compassion, her energy and her industry since about 1980,” Pongratz said.
 
Denny Erickson is serving as Stover’s campaign manager and he spoke about Stover’s community values and what she has accomplished.
 
Stover greeted the crowd and discussed her background, qualifications and reasons for running for state representative.
 
“For those of you here this afternoon who supported me in the past and continue in your support, thank you, thank you, thank you,” she told the crowd of some 90 people. “For those of you who are here to get to know me better and hear what my focus areas are, I hope to impress you and win your support.”
 
House District 43 includes four diverse counties including Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe. Stover said she would like to serve as the state representative to not just meet people but really listen to and act on their concerns and issues.

“I consider myself a moderate republican – and I vote for what I believe will get the job done,” she said. “And I know that I am the best candidate to get the job done for District 43.”
 
Stover has been elected to serve on the Los Alamos County Council and currently serves as County Clerk. She said that while serving in these elected offices, she believes she has proven herself to be a strong and productive leader.
 
“I realize that this election will be my toughest challenge yet, because it’s difficult to beat an incumbent. But, I truly believe I can serve the public better. You may ask why? Let me tell you why.”
 Stover went on to explain that she has a strong record of public service in a community she has grown to love over the past 33 years.
 
“My record includes development of youth programs for prevention and intervention; support for our schools as a founding member of the Los Alamos School Foundation; championing our non-profits like the Family YMCA, Leadership Los Alamos, and Kiwanis; working with my friend, mentor and co-chair, Denny Erickson, in raising millions to strengthen the Los Alamos Historical Society; and influencing local governments to support not just with a resolution, but having skin in the game, by providing funds to establish the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities,” she said.
 
Stover also said she has and will continue to be an active supporter of Los Alamos National Laboratory … “not for Los Alamos or District 43, but for Northern New Mexico, the state and the nation.”
 
“One of my focus areas is that I want to ensure our kids get a first class education so that they can achieve their dreams,” Stover said. “My greatest strength is that I can bring people together to favorably resolve issues. Since our children are grown and living on their own … I can assure you that I have the time, energy, commitment and dedication to be your best state representative.”
 
Pasta Paradiso owner Renee Lee is nearly finished remodeling her building and expects to officially open to the public next month.
 
For more information, visit www.sharonstovernm.com.

Greg Kendall, left, and Robert Gibson prepare the podium area for speechmakers and photographers at Tuesday’s campaign kickoff event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Emcee Morrie Pongratz tells the crowd that the best decision he ever made while serving on the Los Alamos County Council in the 1980s was to appoint Sharon Stover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Denny Erickson is serving as campaign manager for the Stover for Dist. 43 race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photographers document speeches given during Tuesday’s campaign kickoff event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd applauds Sharon Stover’s mother Barbara Stover, 90, and her nephew Sean Ewy as Peggy Pendergast claps at left. Stover’s husband Steven Girrens was unable to attend the kickoff as he was on travel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Candidate Sharon Stover, center, mingles with guests following her speech at her campaign kickoff event Tuesday at Pasta Paradiso on Trinity Drive.

Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover chats with House Speaker Don Tripp at Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Peggy Pendergast, center, speaks with Fran Berting as Kelly Benner, right, greets guests at Tuesday’s campaign kickoff event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

House Speaker Don Tripp, left, with Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski at Sharon Stover’s Dist. 43 campaign kickoff event Tuesday at Pasta Paradiso. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Linda Daly, left, and Lori Heimdahl Gibson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jim Hall, left, chats with House Speaker Don Tripp. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pasta Paradiso owner Renee Lee with local GOP Chair Bill McKerley at Tuesday’s campaign kickoff event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, County Councilor James Chrobocinski and Leadership Los Alamos Board members Brian D’Andrea and Debbie Huling. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Recently retired Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, chats with House Speaker Don Tripp at Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Denny Erickson, left, and Ron Wilkins chat with Fran Berting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Norma Jean Wilson, center, and her husband Norm Wilson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Mary Brooks, right, chats with friends at Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Pasta Paradiso owners Dennis and Renee Lee at Tuesday’s event told the Los Alamos Daily Post that they anticipate opening their new restaurant to the public in June. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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