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Pete Sheehey
Pete Sheehey running for 43rd District representative seat in 2018

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a Democrat, is seeking to replace Rep. Stephanie Garcia in District 43, he announced Tuesday.

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory applied scientist, Sheehey said he could add another perspective to the state Legislature.

“I think I can offer some skills that I think are complementary to a lot of what exists in the Legislature today,” Sheehey said. “Attorneys, teachers, some business people… but not too many applied scientists. Facts and sound science have to be the basis of good policy. I can bring that perspective.”

Sheehey is the first candidate to enter the race to replace Garcia, who announced last month her campaign to run for New Mexico State Land Commissioner.

Sheehey’s campaign platform includes getting more support for public education, nurturing economic development within the county, universal healthcare, preserving the environment, campaign finance reform and supporting efforts for renewable energy.

Sheehey said he will be just as careful in the state House of Representatives with the people’s money as he was on council.

“I never voted in the council to raise taxes,” Sheehey said.