Surprises In Who’s Filing For UNM-LA / LAPS Boards

Los Alamos Fire Chief and Rotary Club President Troy Hughes, right, files for a seat on the UNM-LA Advisory Board in Position 3 as does current UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter who files for Position 4. Boerigter also serves as president of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Appointed Los Alamos School Board Member NancyAnn (Nan) Holmes, left, files her candidacy this afternoon for District 3 along with Jennifer (Jenny) McCumber who filed for District 5. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie files for re-election this afternoon at the County Clerk’s Office for District 5. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It came as a surprise this afternoon when Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes entered the County Clerk’s Office to file his candidacy for one of two available seats on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hughes, who filed for in Position 3, served on the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education, which was comprised of a group of concerned citizens advocating for UNM-LA as it embarked on a special mil levy election in September 2013. 

“The college is a crucial part of the community and impacts more than education … it impacts business and tourism and more,” Hughes said. “The college has been an important benefit to the fire department with its Paramedic and Fire Science programs and I want to give back through service on the board.”

Hughes is finishing the last half of his year as president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Kiwanis President Stephen Boerigter also filed his candidacy today for re-election to the UNM-LA Advisory Board in Position 4.

Boerigter was elected to the Advisory Board four years ago and has served as chair for three years.

I think we are starting to make really strong improvements in UNM-LA with strategic focus and change,” Boerigter said. “We’ve stopped our service in Bernalillo and are focusing our efforts on the local community, we have a new executive director and we have a drive to bring and keep college age youth in our town … they bring a vibrancy to our community and we need more of them. We also are seeking to continue enrollment growth and find a permanent fix for our student housing and I’d like to continue to be a part of all of these efforts.”

Also filing for seats on the UNM-LA Board today are Michael D. DiRosa and James Nealy Robinson who both filed for Position 3. Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file.

In the Los Alamos School Board race there are seats available in Districts 3, 4 and 5. Several candidates emerged today including County Councilor Pete Sheehey’s wife Nashing Key who filed for District 4. Former council candidate Andrea Cunningham also filed for District 4 through proxy by Karyl Ann Armbruster and Michael Fassbender filed for District 4. Former Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols filed for District 3 as did William Hargraves.

  • School Board position 3 includes Precincts 8, 9, 12, 14.1 (the portion of 14 north and east of Alabama Avenue) and 16.2 (the portion of 16 north and west of San Ildefonso Road and north of Rendija Canyon Road).
  • School Board position 4 includes Precinct 15 and 16.1 (the portion of 16 south and east of San Ildefonso Road and south of Rendija Canyon Road).
  • School Board position 5 includes Precincts 10, 11, 13, 14.2 (the portion of 14 south and west of Alabama Avenue) and 17.

Numbers will be drawn just after 5 p.m. today to determine the order in which names with appear on the ballot.

Residents missing today’s filing date could choose to file before 5 p.m., Dec. 30, a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate.