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Local candidates’ donations range from $5 to $2,000

By Carol A. Clark

Local candidates report campaign contributions ranging from $5 to $2,000 donated from individuals and corporations to Political Action Committees.   

Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace of Los Alamos is seeking her ninth two-year term in the House of Representatives District 43. In her most recent report filed June 28 with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, Wallace indicates that she has received $8,990 in campaign contributions ranging from $10 donated Nov. 2, 2009 by Jim and Maxine Ritter of Los Alamos to $1,000 from the Republican Party of Santa Fe.

Democratic challenger Stephanie Richard of White Rock is a school teacher in Pojoaque. She reported in her financial statement filed June 30 a total of $17,545. Her contributions range from $5 donated April 22 by Judith McKenzie of Los Alamos to $2,000 from the AFSCME Union Political Action fund in Washington, D.C. on May 5. Records show that Lt. Gov. Diane Denish also contributed $150 to Richard June 3 and her husband Herb Denish contributed $100 March 3.

The race for Magistrate Judge includes two-time incumbent Pat Casados, a Los Alamos Democrat and Republican Gary Ahlers. Ahlers is a local builder challenging Casados for the $72,000-a-year post for a second election cycle in a row.

Casados reported $1,000 in contributions, which include donations ranging from $100 to $500. On June 17, Casados’ father B.U. Terry of Angel Fire contributed $100. Casados’ in-laws Edward and Vivian Casados of Los Alamos donated $500 on June 17.

Ahlers reported contributions ranging from $50 to $1,000 for a total of $2,050. Norma Tech donated $50 June 9 and longtime Los Alamos landlord and real estate manager Elmo CdeBaca contributed $1,000 May 27. On May 28, Ahlers’ father-in-law Albert Moellenbeck also contributed $1,000.

Seven candidates are running for four vacancies on the Los Alamos County Council.

Republican Fran Berting, a former councilor, reported personal contributions of $5 March 16, $800 May 6, $300 May 17, $500 May 19 and a contribution from Robert Carlson of Los Alamos May 24 for a total of $2,050.

Democrat Debbie Gill, businesswoman and coordinator of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board was the top vote getter in the June 1 primary election. She reported $3,043.71 in campaign contributions on her financial statement with the Secretary of States Office. Her contributions range from $20 from Nona Girardi of Los Alamos to $200 from Toni and Mike Rogers of Los Alamos. Gill also reported self contributions of $1,000 June 8 and $1,573.71 June 16.

Republican James Hall is a former councilor who sat out the last term. He reported contributions of $2,980.97.

County employee David Griggs of Los Alamos contributed $20 to Hall’s campaign May 17.

Four separate contributors gave $100 each including Linton and Kathleen Logan of White Rock, John and Norma Puckett, Arnold and Christine Sierk and current County Council Chair Michael Wismer, all of Los Alamos. Hall also reported personal contributions of $53.88 April 21, $182 April 23, $2,000 May 2 and $225.09 May 12.

Democrat Nathan Hjelm, a PhD student working at LANL reported a self contribution of $5.

Democrat Ken Johnson, a LANL employee and former school board member, is not shown on the Secretary of State Web site as having filed financial reports.

“My treasurer Cathy Chapman has been taking care of her ailing mother and missed the deadline but she has now filed,” Johnson said late Monday, adding that he has personally contributed $100 to his campaign and has received $25 from someone else but declined to say who it was.

Republican Geoff Rodgers, the former Los Alamos Public Schools transportation director, reported $200 in campaign earnings ranging from $50 to $75. On April 29 he received $50 from JoAnn Johnson of Los Alamos who is running unopposed for a second term as county assessor. Eric Johnson of Los Alamos contributed $75 March 21. On March 31, Rodgers reported a personal donation of $123.27 and another $26.80 on April 30.

Republican Ron Selvage is a local businessman and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee. He reported receiving $1,100 in contributions ranging from $25 by Blanca Chavez of Los Alamos May 25 to $500 from his mother Willa Selvage of Universal City, Texas on May 14.  

Incumbent Municipal Judge Alan Kirk is running unopposed and reports no contributions or expenditures. Incumbent County Assessor JoAnn Johnson is running unopposed and reports no contributions or expenditures.

Y. Ellen Hong was appointed probate judge several months ago. She is running unopposed and also reported no contributions or expenditures.

Recently retired police officer Marco Lucero is running unopposed for Los Alamos County sheriff. He reported contributing $930.52 to his campaign fund, which has a total of $1,050.

He also reported contributions ranging from $50 Feb. 25 from Vince Lithgow of Santa Fe to $500 from Polly Lucero of Santa Fe March 16.

Also reported is $500 for in-kind services June 25 from Fred Cisneros in Santa Fe.