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Pre-primary convention nets 7

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Local Republicans elected to state convention

By The Staff

Thursday, seven members of the Los Alamos Republican Party were elected as delegates to the New Mexico GOP Convention in Albuquerque March 13. The delegates include Betty Cox, local GOP Chair Ron Dolin, 1st Vice Chair JoAnn Johnson, Secretary Veronica Rodriguez, former County Councilor Jim Hall, Marie Todd and Rep. Jeannette Wallace.

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The election, held as part of the evening’s 2010 Pre-Primary Nominating Convention, was attended by more than 40 people and another dozen candidates and representatives. Every county in New Mexico held its pre-primary convention this week and the majority of statewide candidates attended the larger venues.

Los Alamos High School students Josh Dolin and K.J. Juarez also attended and helped out with registration at the event, held at the Hilltop House Hotel.

“They really did a great job and deserve a lot of credit for taking their time to participate in this process,” Johnson said.

Johnson was elected to chair by acclamation, during Thursday’s pre-primary convention. “This pre-primary convention was very well attended, which I think indicates there’s going to be quite a bit of interest in this election.”

Wallace presented highlights of what didn’t get done in this year’s legislative session, while ballots were being counted for who would be representing the group at the state convention.

The budget was a big item that didn’t get approved and Wallace commented that the governor has called a special session beginning Wednesday, to focus on the budget.

Several candidates’ wives attended the event, including Linda Moore and Barbara Damron.

“Our husbands are both running for lieutenant governor and yet we are good friends,” Moore said as she hugged Damron. “Our husbands are good friends, too.”

Candidates need at least 20 percent of the delegates’ votes at the state convention in order to get an official spot on the June 1 ballot.

Fewer than 500 GOP delegates will attend the convention, which means it takes less than 100 delegates will bring a candidate to the 20 percent mark.

Janice Arnold-Jones, Pete Domenici Jr, Susana Martinez, Doug Turner and Allen Weh are running for governor on the GOP ticket. All but Martinez sent representatives to  Thursday’s local pre-primary convention.

Land Commissioner candidate Spiro Vassilopoulos, State Treasurer candidate Jim Schoonover and Third Congressional District candidate Adam Kokesh attended the meeting.