The Los Alamos County Clerk’s office was hopping on Tuesday as 18 citizens running for elective office arrived to file their paperwork.
Only one race will be uncontested this fall. Christine Chandler will be unopposed in her bid for probate judge. Council appointed Chandler to the position in August 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Probate Judge Ellen Hong.
Nine candidates are vying for four vacant council seats.
Five Democratic candidates will compete in the primary election on June 3.
David Izraelevitz is seeking to hold the seat he was appointed to three years ago when Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Jim Hall to fill a vacant seat in House District 43.
Ed Birnbaum, Andrea Cunningham, Susan O’Leary and Michael Redondo will also compete for the Democratic slate.
Redondo serves on the Planning and Zoning commission and the Board of Adjustment. This will be his second run for county council. O’Leary chaired the Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee. Birnbaum also served on that committee. Cunningham was a member of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee.
Ballot placement for the June 3 primary will be Birnbaum, Redondo, Izraelevitz, Cunningham and O’Leary.