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The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos county council race. Johnson withdrew on Aug. 17, saying he would likely be moving away from the county before the term had ended.
Redondo was the only candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He had contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but had chosen not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. The county position is no longer an option, so Redondo decided to throw his hat in.
"I care for this town. I want to see it prosper. I want to see people like myself be able to come back to this town, having grown up here, and be able to get a job, and that job not necessarily be at the lab," Redondo said. "I think this community really needs to think about diversifying its economy. In essence, it's a one company town, and unless you are willing and can get a job at the lab, it's difficult for people who grew up here to be able to stay."
Los Alamos has been Redondo's home since he was three years old. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer with a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico. He is the owner/director of Michael Redondo, LLC, a company specializing in biodiversity planning, outreach and education.
Read more about the candidate in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.