Citing her experience, intelligence and independent voice, the Albuquerque Journal today endorsed Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic primary:
“Chandler, a long-time attorney at the lab who transitioned into private practice, gets the nod here in part because she already has behind-the-scenes experience at the Roundhouse, where she’s worked as a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee for four legislative session. She says she’s seen how lawmakers have to work across the aisle and learn to compromise. As a staffer, she has worked to evaluate bills and improve the clarity and assessed the legality of bills.
In recent months, Chandler – a member of the Los Alamos County Council – been an intelligent and independent voice on the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, now in limbo amid the group’s debilitating controversy over travel expense reimbursements.
Chandler chided the coalition director for suggesting that the community group that raised questions about the payments for booze, baseball tickets and other items be investigated. “I think it really sends a bad message when we receive a complaint about expenditure of funds and other issues, and our reaction is to request that the individuals making the complaint be investigated,” Chandler said. She also stood up to make sure the coalition board complied with the state Open Meetings Act over insufficient notice of what was to be considered.”
In addition to today’s endorsement by the Albuquerque Journal, Chandler has been endorsed by the National Education Association of New Mexico, the American Federation of Teachers, State Sen. Richard Martinez and EMILY’s List.
The Democratic Primary is June 5, with early voting starting Saturday, May 19.