Candidates cite LANL's significance at forum

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By Carol A. Clark

The hot topic at Wednesday evening’s candidates’ forum sponsored by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County, was the current and future importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory.County Democratic Party Chair Stephen Fettig called this year's congressional race one of the most important in a long time.The public packed Fuller Lodge for the two-and-a-half hour event.DPLA board member Cathy Chapman drew names determining order of appearance, starting with congressional candidate Harry Montoya.Congressional candidates:Harry MontoyaMontoya’s wife, Doris, stood in for him. Richard Cooper read statements from those candidates unable to attend the forum. Montoya, in his prepared statement said he was in Washington, D.C., doing county and New Mexico family business.The Santa Fe County Commissioner vows to ensure Los Alamos National Laboratory “will always have a mission that keeps families working.” Montoya intends to follow in Rep. Tom Udall's footsteps, he said. Udall is running for U.S. Senate. Montoya holds a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He advocates ending the Iraq War. “We should begin to withdraw troops over the next few months and have most of them out by the end of the year,” he said.

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