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  • Charter amendments, county races decided

    It’s 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and there are still lines of voters in White Rock and Los Alamos. No one knows the results yet, but you couldn’t tell from the expressions from some of the candidates gathered at Los Alamos Municipal Building. They were all smiles as they waited for the results.
    Most have been very busy with last minute campaigning, such as Sheriff Marco Lucero, who is a Democrat being challenged by Jaret McDonald, a Republican.
    “It’s been exhausting, a marathon,” Lucero said as he was walking out of the Municipal Building. “It’s in God’s hands now.”
    Lucero, as well as Los Alamos Municipal County Court Judge Alan Kirk, said while the issues talked about in the forums and the media were important, during the last minute phase, voters they talked to just wanted to give them support.
    “I just got a lot of positive reinforcement,” Kirk said.
    Lucero was jubilant about the support he received during his last minute campaigning, especially when driving around town. “Everyone was waving, giving their thumbs up….no matter who they support, it’s not going to change who we are,” said Lucero of his and his team’s campaign efforts.
    But even so, this was an election about issues.
    Charter Amendment Issues

  • Los Alamos County Unofficial Voting Results

    2014 General Election
    County Council
    Democrats

    Andrea Cunningham 3,509
    Michael Redondo 3,176
    Mary Susan O’Leary 3,659
    David Izraelevitz 4,104

    Republicans

    James Chrobocinski 3,570
    Rick Reiss 3,689
    Bill McKerley 3,154
    John Bliss 3,188

    District 43 House Race

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) 4,223
    Geoff Rodgers (R) 3,625

    Sheriff

    Marco Lucero (D) 3,878
    Jaret McDonald (R) 3590
    Magistrate Judge

    Pat Casados (D) 4,315
    Blair Redmond (R) 3,159

    Municipal Judge
    Paul Martinez (D) 2,691
    Alan Kirk (R) 4,859

    Assessor

    Ken Milder (D), 4,030
    Abe Dispennette (R) 3,378

    PEC

    Karyl Ann Armbruster (D) 4,050

    Probate Judge
    Chris Chandler (D) 4,728

    Charter Amendments
    Question 1

    Yes 4,455
    No 2,792
    Question 2
    Yes 3,259
    No 4,023

    U.S. Senate

    Tom Udall (D) 4,399
    Alan Weh (R) 3,522

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Ben Ray Lujan (D) 4,279
    Jefferson Byrd (R) 3,564

    Governor

    Gary King (D) 3,099
    Susana Martinez (R) 4,755

    Secretary of State

  • Governor wins a second term

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cruised to re-election in record-setting fashion Tuesday in Democratic-leaning New Mexico, adding to her reputation as a rising political star as the nation’s only female Hispanic governor.
    Martinez received 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger Gary King in unofficial, incomplete returns. No New Mexico GOP governor had won with more than 55 percent during the past half century.
    “While no one should ever be entirely defined by our race or our background, I am proud of what this means to people of Hispanic descent here in New Mexico and around the country. As I’ve said before, ‘En America, todo es possible,’ “ Martinez said in her victory speech, telling cheering supporters in Spanish that anything is possible in America.
    Martinez, 55, became the nation’s first Latina governor four years ago. In winning re-election, she demonstrated again that she could appeal to Hispanics and voters who cross party lines.

  • Update 11-05-14

    T-Board

    Review the Draft Transit Study and Five Year Transit Plan at the Transportation Board Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building, Room 110.

    Sierra Club

    Jeri Sullivan presents: The
    Energy-Water Nexus. 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, bldg. 200, room 203. Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. Sullivan will discuss issues surrounding water use in New Mexico, development of brackish water resources, and the recycling of oil-and-gas produced water as a substitute for fresh water use in exploration and production.

    Performances

    • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of LA Community Winds conductor Ted Vives. 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. No charge for admission, donations accepted.
    • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, lalt.org and at the door.

  • Republicans, Democrats split County Council seats

    Four open Los Alamos County Council seats were evenly split between Republicans and Democrats in Tuesday’s election.
    The top vote-getters were David Izraelevitz (D) with 4,104, Rick L. Reiss (R) at 3,689; Mary Susan O’Leary (D) had 3,659 and James T. Chrobocinski (R) totaled 3,570.
    The other four contenders were Andrea Susan Cunningham (D), who netted 3,509, John L. Bliss (R) at 3,188, Michael D. Redondo (D) had 3,176 and Billy J. McKerley (R) received 3,154.
    Izraelevitz and Reiss are both incumbents, although this is their first election. Izraelevitz was appointed in July 2011 to serve out Jim Hall’s term after Hall was appointed to represent New Mexico House District 43 after Jeannette Wallace’s death. Reiss has filled Ron Selvage’s vacated seat since September 2012.
    “I really appreciate the trust that was placed in me, especially having been appointed,” Izraelevitz said. “It’s great to feel like the community has had a chance to see the way I work and my decisions, and I seem to be going in the right direction. So that’s a great personal feeling.”

  • Voters turn out at last minute, brave long lines at polls

    Long lines were reported at the Municipal Building and White Rock Fire Station Tuesday night as voters turned out for Election 2014.
     

  • Garcia Richard tops Rodgers to win District 43 reelection

    Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard left little doubt she was the voice of District 43 as she captured more than 56 percent of the vote Tuesday night as she defeated Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers, who is also the Los Alamos County Chair.
    With all but two precincts reporting, Garcia Richard tallied 5,926 votes, compared to Rodgers’ 4,522.
    “It came to me doing the best I can to represent this district and the voters recognized that,” Garcia Richard said late Tuesday. “Look at my record, I voted with Democrats and I voted with Republicans. I voted for what was best for my district.”
    Although voter turnout was less than 50 percent across the state, they came out in droves in Los Alamos. More than 8,000 voted in this year’s midterm and late Tuesday, there were lines at all three voting centers — at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3, the Los Alamos Golf Course building and the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
    After 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building, the line was close to an hour long. And the announcment of election returns were delayed close to an hour and a half.
    “We got the vote out and the people responded,” Garcia Richard said.

  • Lujan wins reelection to hold on to District 3 Congressional House seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has won a fourth term with a victory over Republican Jeff Byrd.

    Lujan, vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has said making New Mexico more competitive will be at the top of his list when he returns to Washington.

    The congressman has also called for the National Nuclear Security Administration to be restructured to better balance defense programs with other research. His district includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Byrd had criticized Lujan, saying promises he made to northern New Mexico residents have gone unfilled.

    In southern New Mexico, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce fended off a feisty attack from Democrat Roxanne "Rocky" Lara to keep his seat.

    In the 1st District, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham defeated Republican challenger Mike Frese.

  • Udall wins reelection bid

     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has won a second term in a victory over Republican Allen Weh.

    A popular former attorney general and congressman, Udall had a sizeable campaign fund and was favored by pollsters early as one of a handful of Senate members who had a 99 percent chance of retaining his seat.

    Weh, a retired Marine colonel and a longtime Albuquerque businessman, put up some of his personal fortune to launch an aggressive challenge and narrowed Udall's lead in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

    The campaign was peppered with negative television ads, including one in which Udall claimed his opponent would back tax cuts for the wealthy. Weh criticized Udall for his support of President Barack Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system and inaction to address the growing national debt.

  • Morning after: Obama, GOP in new dynamic

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America awoke Wednesday to sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republican leaders in Congress new muscle to check him.

    The president scheduled an afternoon news conference to offer his take on an Election Day thumping of Democrats that gave Republicans control of the Senate, strengthened the GOP hold on the House and put a series of Democratic-leaning states under control of new Republican governors.

    One of Obama's first post-election calls was to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, positioned to become the new Senate majority leader and confront the president over his signature health care law and on other issues. The two didn't connect, but Obama left a message for the senator.

    The election results alter the political dynamic on immigration reform, budget matters, presidential nominations and much more. With lawmakers planning to return to Washington next week for a post-election session, Obama invited congressional leaders to a meeting Friday.