Geoff Rodgers

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Geoff Rodgers
Former candidate for
New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Los Alamos County Council
Los Alamos County Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of serviceFive years
Service branchU.S. Army Reserve
Years of serviceEight years
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Geoff Rodgers was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 43 of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

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.[1]


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.[1]


Campaign themes


Rodgers's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

More Jobs

  • 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."

Better Schools

  • 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."

Safer Communities

  • 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."



See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New 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.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephanie Richard Incumbent 56.8% 5,955
     Republican Geoff Rodgers 43.2% 4,522
Total Votes 10,477


Rodgers and his wife, Marla, have two sons. They reside in Los Alamos, NM.[1]

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