Republicans sweep council race

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By Jennifer Garcia

Republicans won big last night across the nation, as well as in Los Alamos County. With four seats up for grabs and seven candidates, the winners were anyone’s guess, but by the end of election night, the voters were heard loud and clear.
Three of the winners have served on council before. Frances Berting, Jim Hall and Geoff Rodgers are no strangers to Los Alamos County government. Local businessman Ron Selvage is a newcomer to council, but has been active in several community issues.
Hall led the race with a total of 4,952 votes; Berting received 4,368; Rodgers had 4,454 and Selvage clinched the GOP slate with 4,750.
Meanwhile, Democrats Kenneth Johnson, Betty Ann Gunther and Deborah Gill each got more than 3,000 votes. Johnson had 4,027 votes, Gill pulled 3,939, and Gunther had 3,222 votes.
The race for magistrate judge was also a close one, with Democrat incumbent Pat Casados beating Republican Gary Ahlers by 617 votes.
Berting said that basically, the councilors-elect are what she called a “retread.”
“We have Jim Hall, with whom I’ve served and Geoff Rodgers with whom I’ve served,” she said. “Ron Selvage is a good complement. We have an excellent quorum coming in.”
Berting also said that she believes the new councilors will be able to get things done.

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