New councilors target meaningful community connection

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By Carol A. Clark

Newly elected county council candidates Vincent Chiravalle, Sharon Stover and Mike Wismer gathered at the Monitor Friday to discuss their vision for enhancing the strengths of the current council.

All three commended the current council for its many accomplishments and credited county staff for their continual hard work and dedication to improve Los Alamos.

The new councilors also discussed concerns voiced by the community during their months of campaigning.

"I saw three indicators of a lack of confidence in our council and our current form of government," Wismer said. "First, a group has been formed to research state laws into if and how our Class H home ruled county charter can be overturned by the governor. Secondly, the lack of volunteers for our boards and commissions, which I pair with the information I heard while campaigning that council doesn't listen. Why should residents volunteer if they aren't going to be heard? The third indicator is that a well-liked incumbent (Ken Milder) wasn't re-elected."

Chiravalle and Stover agreed that during their campaigning they also heard many community members express frustration with not being heard.

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