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RPLA/LAFRW Host Constitution Day Dinner

on September 25, 2015 - 11:30pm

Chairman Bill McKerley of the Republican Party of Los Alamos welcomes state and local dignitaries and guests to last Saturday's annual Constitution Day Dinner at the Golf Course Community Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

At the head table from  left, Jacqueline Chrobocinski, County Councilor James Chrobocinski, Jennifer McKerley, RPLA Chair Bill McKerley, Rep. Saira Blair, James Robinson, Mary Wilhoit and Dennis Wilhoit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rep. Saira Blair of the West Virginia House is the youngest elected legislator in the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Chairman Bill McKerley of the Republican Party of Los Alamos welcomed state and local dignitaries and guests to last Saturday's annual Constitution Day Dinner at Cottonwood on the Greens.

State officials attending the dinner include Republican Party of New Mexico State Vice ChairJefferson Byrd of CD 3, Second Vice Chair Phil Archuletta and Secretary Orlando Baca, Santa Fe County Republican Party Chair JoAnn Eastham, First Vice Chair Samuel Ledoux and Republican candidates for New Mexico Congressional Dist. 3 Mike Lucero from Jemez Springs and Mike Romero from Taos County.

RPLA Ex Officio Member Kelly Benner introduced keynote speaker Rep. Saira Blair of the West Virginia House Dist.. 59. Delegate Blair made history in 2014 by becoming the youngest person ever to be elected to a state legislature in the United States. One week before she graduated from high school, Blair defeated Republican incumbent Larry D. Kump in the primary election.

That fall, the young candidate ran her campaign out of her WVU dorm room. Midway through her first semester as an economics and Spanish major, Blair beat her opponent, Democrat Layne Diehl, in the general election with 62.7 percent of the vote.

A self-proclaimed conservative, Blair has been recognized by Forbes’ 30 under 30, Christianity Today’s 33 under 33 and Business Insider’s Most Impressive High School Graduates of 2014.

Delegate Blair said she believes that pursuing conservative principles is the best path forward for her home state and the country. She also believes that it’s never too early, nor too late, to become involved in politics. It’s no surprise that the Washington Post’s political blog, The Fix, named Delegate Blair to the list of 40 Most Interesting Women in Politics.

Blair recently testified at a congressional budget hearing on emphasizing how important it is for Americans to pay attention to government spending. Delegate Blair is passionate about restoring prosperity to her home state of West Virginia and equally passionate about encouraging her fellow millennials to be politically aware and active. It’s not unusual for politicians and government leaders to testify in a congressional hearing, but it is unusual when that leader is 19 years old.

During Saturday's dinner, Chair McKerley read the results of a mock vote for president:

  • Carley Fiorina - 15;
  • Jeb Bush 10;
  • The Donald - 5;
  • Ted Cruz - 3;
  • Ben Carson - 1;
  • Chris Christie - 1; and
  • Marco Rubio - 1.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women President Bethany Douglas introduced the winners of the annual Constitution Day Dinner.

Essay winners include:

  • Los Alamos High School - Jenny Wang, 16;
  • Los Alamos Middle School - Audrey Nolen, 12;
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School - Philippa Fung, 10; and
  • Home School Honorable Mention - Jack Ammerman, 10.

Douglas also presented flowers to Joyce Anderson for her hard work. 

Veron Kerr delivered the Invocation and Retired Congressman Bill Redmond delivered the Benediction.

RPLA Ex Officio Member Kelly Benner introduces guest speaker Rep. Saira Blair of the West Virginia House, Dist. 59. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

David Benner, BSA Troop 422 and Juan Romero, Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressman Bill Redmond delivers an inspirational benediction. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski, First Vice President of the Republican Party of Los Alamos, addresses the crowd at Saturday's dinner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

RPLA Chair Bill McKerley asks veterans and those who have held elected office to stand and be recognized. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, CD 3 candidate Mike Romero of Taos County, standing, longtime GOP leader Lawry Mann and his wife Alice. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Jennifer McDonald, Bettie Kerr, Vernon Kerr, Nancy Bliss, John Bliss and Mary Brooks. Vernon Kerr delivered the invocation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Kelly Benner and David Benner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Vice Chairman from CD 3 Jefferson Byrd, left, and Norm and Barbara Jean Wilson, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CD 3 Congressional candidate Mike Lucero, an SOC guard, and his wife Anita. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Jennifer and Jaret McDonald speak with Rep. Saira Blair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Jacqueline Chrobocinski and County Councilor James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Saira Blair, James Robinson and Mary Wilhoit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rep. Saira Blair and Kelly Benner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Former County Councilors Lawry Mann and Fran Berting take time for a chat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CD 3 candidate Mike Romero of Taos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFRW President Bethany Douglas introduces the winners of this year's Constitution Day Essay contest. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

On behalf of the Party, Chair Bill McKerley presents gifts to guest speaker Saira Blair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressman Bill Redmond presents a state pin to Rep. Saira Blair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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