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Lisa Shin sits inside her optometrist office Thursday. Shin, a Republican, is running for state representative in District 43.
Local optometrist, community activist announces bid for Dist. 43

Lisa Shin, a local business owner who has become active in the county Republican Party and local politics, is ready to take her mission to the New Mexico State Legislature.

“This was an amazing opportunity for me to get involved in the political process,” Shin said. “I saw an opportunity and a door for something for me to talk about things I really care about.”

District 43 covers Los Alamos County and parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard has announced her plans to vacate the seat and run for the statewide office of land commissioner.

Democrat Pete Sheehey announced in early December he would run for the seat. No other Republicans or Democrats have stepped forward.

Tax reform, health care and the Los Alamos National Laboratory are all issues Shin plans to talk about in her campaign.

If elected, Shin wants do more to help the Los Alamos National Laboratory safely accomplish its core mission of maintaining the country’s nuclear stockpile. She has read reports of LANL’s recent safety lapses.

“We need to align ourselves with the concerns of the staff and the employees,” Shin said.
One way Shin believes that could probably be accomplished is through a more independent review process.

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