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Chris Luchini Pulls Trigger On Sheriff Race

on January 28, 2018 - 9:42am

Chris Luchini in the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom Friday evening discussing his reasons for running for Los Alamos County Sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Chris Luchini has announced he is running for Los Alamos County sheriff.

Luchini visited the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday evening to discuss the reasons behind his decision. He explained that every other county in the state has an elected sheriff and suggests that the simplest solution to end the ongoing drama in Los Alamos is to turn the police department into a sheriff’s department.

“I'm running for Sheriff of Los Alamos County because I want to help settle controversy over the role of the sheriff in this County. For lack of a better term, I will be a place-holder sheriff,” he said. “I’m not interested in controversy and I’m not interested in suing the County. My slogan is ‘Elect Chris Luchini – the No Drama Candidate’. Not only is it drama … it’s the money spent on this and the time and emotional expense.”

He said Los Alamos needs to follow state statue and in the meantime, he will conduct the duties of the sheriff, which now is to maintain the sex offender registry.

“I've been told that there have been six referendums on keeping the Office of Sheriff in the history of Los Alamos as a County, and of course each of them resulted in the residents of this County voting to retain the office,” Luchini said. “While the County Charter strips the office of most of its duties, I think that ultimately Sheriff (Marco) Lucero's lawsuit will end up with the County losing on most if not all points. Whatever the outcome, it's a pointless battle, because, win or lose, the controversy and legal expenses will continue, with divisions of responsibilities and budgets of both the sheriff and the police department becoming the points of contention. This contention costs money in legal expenses and costs the emotional energy and attention of the citizens and County Council.”

Luchini said it seems that the current turmoil is motivated by ego, animosity and a lot of emotion.

“I’m a Libertarian and believe in governing by objective reality and not governing based on emotion,” he said. “It seems to me there is a pretty simple way to fix this issue once and for all ... transition the current police department to a sheriff's department, by changing the County Charter. Then, when a special election is held for sheriff, I will resign. I have no interest or intention in running for that position once this transition from a mixed sheriff and police jurisdiction to a single sheriff's office happens.”

Luchini serves as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Los Alamos County and chair of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico. He said he has been registered as a Libertarian voter since the mid-1980s and has been active in Libertarian politics since then in various states such as New Mexico, California and Illinois. Luchini said that while he served as vice chair at the state level, he coordinated the accumulation of voter data bases to allow for an efficient campaign for 2017 and 2018 election cycle candidates.

Luchini grew up in southern New Mexico and holds a PhD in High Energy Physics. He worked for NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory before launching his own businesses including a green energy business in Texas and a specialty software business for governmental agencies among others. He lives in Los Alamos with his wife and children.

Editor’s note: The Libertarian Party of New Mexico is holding a meet the candidates event Monday in Albuquerque. With the Governor’s Proclamation Monday, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico will have achieved Major Party Status. This is the first time in New Mexico history that a third party has achieved Major Party status. This year, the Libertarian Party of New Mexico will have candidates in all three US House of Representatives races, US Senate and many state wide and local positions. The public is invited to Monday's Meet the Candidates event 5-7 p.m. in the Sky Suite at Hotel Chaco.


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