LA native Robinson to run for County Council

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By Jill McLaughlin


Los Alamos native James Robinson announced this week he plans to seek a seat on the Los Alamos County Council.


But that isn’t the only decision the young, up-and-coming community leader has made recently. 

After a lot of thought, the former Los Alamos County Republican Party chair will file as a Democrat.

Robinson resigned following the defeat of the recreation bond in early 2017. He said the elections of 2016 and 2017 served as a “tipping point” for him, prompting him to change his party affiliation just before the new year.

“When I resigned from the party, I did a lot of reading,” Robinson said. He describes himself as socially progressive and fiscally conservative.

“I tend to be more of a John F. Kennedy Democrat,” he said.

“When I evaluated my own beliefs and priorities, I found that they were in line with the values of the Democratic Party,” he said in a press release. “I know this decision will come as a shock and surprise to some, but I believe it is the best for me.”

As chair of the Environmental Sustainability Board, Robinson, 29, has experience with leadership and community organizations. He serves as chairman of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, which helps the wildlife of New Mexico by providing financial and logistical aid to the people whom help rehabilitate the animals of New Mexico. He is also part of Leadership Los Alamos. 

Robinson has worked at Los Alamos Laboratory as an Occurrence Investigator for the past eight years. The job involves researching abnormal events and reporting them to the Department of Energy.

Robinson said he loves working with animals and being able to help them through his volunteer work. He grew up in Los Alamos, graduating from Los Alamos High School, and earning an associate’s degree from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. He furthered his education at the University of New Mexico’s main campus in Albuquerque. 

“Many of my milestones in life happened in Los Alamos, my first job, my first apartment and my first purchased home,” he said. 

He co-founded the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, which brought New Mexico’s first Bear Festival to Los Alamos last year, and chaired the committee for the UNM-LA Mil Levy. 

Some of his goals for the county, if elected, would include upgrading and expanding infrastructure and housing, a clarification of the county ordinances, expansion of the county’s environmental initiatives and development of tourism and recreation.

“I would like to be a channel of communication between the county and the public,” he said. “I want to make sure the citizens are comfortable with me.”

He said he would focus on the infrastructure and housing initiatives currently being done, including the upgrades to Trinity Drive, but expand on that. 

Housing is also a priority.

“Our town is in desperate need of houses,” he said.

He would also like to bring the county into the forefront of environmental sustainability.

He would also like to focus on tourism and recreation in the county, and see how they might be able to seek more recreation within the county through public and private partnerships.

“Our county has an exciting yet challenging future ahead, and many of these initiatives will be dependent on the path of the LANL contract and GRT funds,” Robinson said. “The next council will need to hear and effectively communicate with its citizens to make these long-term decisions. I believe I can provide an open channel for the citizens and a unique voice for those decisions.”

More information about Robinson and a video can be found on his Facebook page. 

“I look forward to working over the next few months to earn people’s votes,” he said.