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Today, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval) made her re-election campaign official when she filed all appropriate paperwork in Santa Fe to qualify for the November ballot.
"I am excited to submit over 450 signatures of registered voters spanning all four of the counties that create House District 43," Garcia Richard said. "I have worked tirelessly for the residents of our district and the outpouring of support shown from voters spanning the entire political spectrum, proves just that. I look forward to continuing my service as your Representative and thank you for the opportunity to move New Mexico forward."
Garcia Richard was required to submit at least 60 registered Democratic voters names in support of her re-election campaign and far exceeded that number with over 350 Democrats and numerous Republicans and independents.
Council chair Geoff Rodgers also made the trip to Santa Fe and tossed his hat into the House District 43 ring.
Rodgers said he entered the race for a number of reasons.
“I don’t accept that New Mexico has to be on the wrong end of just about every list that matters. We are blessed with rich culture, history, natural resources and a work force that wants to go back to work. We need people in Santa Fe that are willing to break from the decades old failed philosophies and policies that got us here and chart a new course,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers then turned his attention to high school graduation rates.
“Our statewide high school graduation rate jumped 7 percent to reach 70 percent and that still puts us in last ten states for graduation rates. We have a statewide poverty rate that exceeds 20% that puts us ahead of only Mississippi,” he said.
Also filing for the House 43 seat was former councilor Vince Chiravalle, according to the N.M. Secretary of State website. More on Chiravalle will be available in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.
Also filing today was Democrat Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission District 4. Armbruster was required to submit 272 Democratic signatures and submitted 388 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
Armbruster dedicated 39 years of her professional life to public education, served as President of the American Federation of Teachers from 2002-2008 and is an active member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, League of Women Voters and Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council.