LA firefighters union endorses Richard

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Endorsement sparked by council’s decision to ignore fact-finder’s report

By Carol A. Clark

President Flavio Martinez of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union said the rank and file has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Richard for the District 43 House seat held nine consecutive terms by Republican Jeannette Wallace.
“We proudly stand in support of Stephanie Richard,” Martinez said in a news release. “She’s committed to public safety and will be a strong champion for area firefighters.”
Richard said she was “proud” to receive the endorsement in the release.
“Our firefighters are our first responders and every day they work to make us safe,” she said. “Los Alamos Fire Fighters face conditions unlike others in the state. They could end up putting out fires at the lab that involve radioactive materials, a situation that raises numerous other issues such as additional training and health risk concerns.”
Wallace said she is disappointed with the Richard endorsement.
“I have been close to the fire department for years,” she said. “I guess they went with the choice they felt was best for them.”
Fire Capt. Paul Grano, vice president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union IAFF Local #3279 said they decided to endorse candidates this year after the county council chose to ignore a fact-finders report ruling in the union’s favor.

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