Independent files for council

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By Carol A. Clark

Registered Independent Michael Wismer filed his candidacy for county council Wednesday afternoon at the county clerk’s office. The former councilor served from 2002-2006 and switched parties from Republican to Independent in 2004.

“While the requirement to obtain 265 signatures of registered voters represents just one of the many challenges associated with being an Independent candidate,” he said, “I believe the process of obtaining the 321 signatures I turned in today provided me with an opportunity to listen to the concerns of citizens that I would not have had, had I just been required to fill out a form to declare a party affiliated candidacy.”

Wismer joins a field of two Democrats and two Republicans who ranked as follows in Tuesday’s primary election:

• 1,576 - former council member Sharon Stover-R

• 1,184 - council incumbent Ken Milder-D,

• 1,170 - Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Staff Member Vincent Chiravalle-R

• 869 - medical office manager Manual Baca-D

With Wismer in the race, the five candidates vie for three council seats coming open at year’s end.

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