GOP elects new officers

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By Carol A. Clark

The Republican Party of Los Alamos held its Biennial Organizational Convention Thursday evening at Trinity on the Hill Church.

The County Central Committee, which governs the local Republican Party, re-elected Ron Dolin to a second two-year term as chairman. JoAnn Johnson was elected first vice chair and Geoff Rodgers was elected second vice chair.

Veronica Rodriguez was elected secretary and Norma Tech treasurer.

“The reality is that we are all going to have to pull together,” Wallace said. “We had a difficult year and we’re tired but now we need to start afresh.”        

Johnson is the Los Alamos County assessor and also serves as president of the Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women.

She spoke of the work to be done during the party’s next term.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “It’ll be a pleasure to work with Chairman Ron Dolin, Second Vice Chairman Geoff Rodgers and all the others. It’ll be a busy two years.”

Rodgers is returning to an active role in politics after taking some time away following the birth of his second son.

Rodgers continued to follow developments in the political arena during his time away.

“I would like to see the Republican Party both on the local and national level address the concerns of people losing their jobs, losing their houses and losing faith in a manner that is true to Republican and American values,” Rodgers said.

The mission of the Republican Party of New Mexico as stated on its website is to communicate its conservative principles to the people of New Mexico, register new Republican voters and work to elect Republican candidates to every level of government.

The principals on which the New Mexico Republican Party stand as stated on its website include:

Freedom – stating that the party loves the United States of America and believes in the opportunity that it creates in the lives of people throughout the world, simply based on its central principle of freedom and liberty.

Family – As Republicans, the party believes that the strength of the American society lies in the strength of its families, and that the government should promote stronger families as a way to improve education, grow the economy, and decrease crime.

Free enterprise – Believing the strength of the country is the optimism built into the free enterprise system.

Faith – The Republican Party states that a belief in God and in principles that stress goodness and love to one another should be encouraged, not removed, from society.

The positive community work of faith-based institutions should be acknowledged and assisted by government, and children and young adults should be allowed to pray in public schools, saying it is a positive thing for a person to have faith and believe that a greater calling has been placed on his or her life.

At Thursday’s meeting, former U.S. Rep. Bill Redmond, Wallace, Johnson, Rodriguez, Tech, Betty Cox and Marie Todd were elected to serve on the Republican Party of New Mexico Central Committee. The state central committee is set to meet June 13 in Roswell.

For information, call Ron Dolin at 672-3581.

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