|Former candidate for|
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Los Alamos County Council|
|Los Alamos County Council|
|Bachelor's||University of Chicago|
|Years of service||Five years|
|Service branch||U.S. Army Reserve|
|Years of service||Eight years|
|Profession||Small business owner|
The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounts to 5.7 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 15 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were nine districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another six districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.
Rodgers has served on the Los Alamos County Council since November 2010 and was elected as Council Chair in 2013. He previously served on the Council from 2001 to 2004.
Rodgers earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes being a small business owner and serving as a helicopter pilot for the Florida Division of Forestry, the Collier County Emergency Medical Services and as the WGN traffic copter in Chicago. He served for five years on active duty and for eight years reserve as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot.
Rodgers's campaign website highlights the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Geoff Rodgers knows New Mexicans need good jobs. As State Representative, Geoff will work to create an environment where businesses can succeed and grow."
- Excerpt: "As a father, Geoff Rodgers is concerned about education in New Mexico and he knows we can’t settle for being last in the country. He’ll support meaningful education reforms that benefit students, teachers and parents."
- Excerpt: "Geoff Rodgers served our Country for thirteen years in the U.S. Army and Reserves as a helicopter pilot. He’s always fought to keep us safe. In Santa Fe, Geoff will continue that fight by supporting tougher DWI laws."
2014New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Incumbent Stephanie Richard was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Geoff Rodgers defeated Vincent Chiravalle in the Republican primary. Richard defeated Rodgers in the general election.
The New Mexico House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New Mexico House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of four seats, which amounted to 5.7 percent of the chamber. District 43 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia, the Albuquerque Journal and New Mexico Telegram as a battleground district that would be key in determining control of the New Mexico House of Representatives. In a traditionally Republican district, District 43 was represented by first-term Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard. She defeated Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers (R) in the general election. In 2012, Richard won the general election by a margin of victory of only 2 percent.
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Stephanie Richard Incumbent||56.7%||5,926|
|Source: sos.state.nm.us Results are as of 2:12 pm with 31 of 31 precincts fully reporting.|
|New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43 Republican Primary, 2014|
Rodgers and his wife, Marla, have two sons. They reside in Los Alamos, NM.
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- New Mexico House of Representatives
- New Mexico State Legislature
- New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
- New Mexico House of Representatives District 43
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- New Mexico Secretary of State, 2014 Primary Election Candidate List
- geoffnm43.com, "About Geoff," accessed May 15, 2014
- geoffnm43.com, "Home page," accessed May 15, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Results Primary Election - June 3, 2014," accessed July 7, 2014
- New Mexico State Legislature, "2014 Primary Election Candidates," accessed May 13, 2014
- New Mexico Telegram, "Battle for the state House will center on ten districts," June 4, 2014
- Albuquerque Journal, "Primary election sets stage for state House control," May 26, 2014