Los Alamos has been my home for more than 40 years, and I can't think of a better place to live, work, and play. That's why I am so enthusiastic about serving once again on the Los Alamos County Council!
I want to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the outstanding quality of life that my friends, neighbors and fellow residents have been able to enjoy.
As a long-term resident, I have viewed Los Alamos from many diverse perspectives. I have enjoyed the benefits of working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I have lived here as a young person and as an older person, as a resident with extremely limited financial resources, as someone commuting elsewhere for employment. And I still chuckle at the the challenges presented by the local dating scene in an isolated, small town.
I also remember the frustrations of trying to find a place to live early in my professional life, as well as the thrill and satisfaction of eventually finding our wonderful first home after years of searching.
I suspect that people in small towns nearly everywhere in America share similar memories and experiences.
But the things I have always found most compelling about Los Alamos are its beautiful open spaces, dark night skies, clean air and water, abundant recreational facilities, family friendly atmosphere, safety, small-town feel, and inclusive character.
After traveling extensively by car across America, I realize that few places, if any, offer everything that Los Alamos has to offer in a relatively affordable, friendly package.
With that perspective, it's easy to understand why my main goal as a member of the Los Alamos County Council will be to maintain our amazing quality of life—for the long term.
Using sustainability as the basis for action and policy, we can preserve all those things that we hold dear in our community for another 40 years and beyond. Striving for anything less would be short-sighted.