Hall unseats incumbent for UNM-LA board

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Election > Low voter turnout punctuates race

By Tris DeRoma

Challenger Michelle K. Hall won the lone contested seat for a spot on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board, beating out incumbent Ron Dolin, who has been on the board since 2009.

According to County Clerk Sharon Stover, the unofficial results were 251-44.

When reached at home, Dolin said that he did not have any statement to share with the public at the moment.

UNM-LA candidate Micheline Devaurs, who went unchallenged, received 243 votes and John Hoffman, who received 234 votes, will replace Nelson.

The other members of the board, Chair Stephen T. Boerigter and Secretary Linda Hull, do not come up for re-election until 2015.

Hall was reached at the county clerk’s office shortly after the election results came in to the office Tuesday evening.

She was glad to see so many people came out to vote in the election.

“I’m thrilled to see that there was a strong showing of voters and support for UNM-LA overall. That’s a big plus,” Hall said. “I’m also honored to represent our community and to help UNM-LA through these next few years.”

Hall will take office at the advisory board’s next meeting, March 11.

In a previous interview, Hall said she wants the campus to focus on what she sees as its two signature programs, the applied engineering technology program and the school’s first responder degree, a two-year program in emergency management, fire and police science.

She had a similar message for residents Tuesday night. She said that she wants to help the advisory board improve and strengthen the board’s “Strategic Plan” before it’s finished.

“I really want to help (UNM-LA) broaden their scope and solidify things like their signature programs,” Hall said. “They really have a strong base in those and we really need to build them so (UNM-LA) is known across the state as the place to come.”