House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler on the House floor Wednesday afternoon. She has worked as a legislative analyst for three sessions at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
Christine Chandler of Los Alamos has announced her candidacy for representative of New Mexico House Dist. 43. She seeks the Democratic nomination in the June 5 Primary Election.
Chandler is vice chair of the Los Alamos County Council and has a sustained record of community service. In addition to being vice chair and former chair of the County Council, she serves as vice president of the Board of Directors of the First Born Program of Los Alamos and is on the Board of The Delle Foundation. Chandler also is a member of the Board of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and serves as its secretary.
Chandler has worked at the New Mexico Legislature for three sessions as a legislative analyst and has developed an extensive network of legislators and staff.
“I am running because I want to make New Mexico a better place for all New Mexicans by championing initiatives that improve education, emphasizing early childhood education, and that support healthy families. We also need to address effective criminal justice reform that improves public safety,” Chandler said. “I have worked collaboratively for decades within Los Alamos and the State to improve our communities and to eliminate the problems that drive poverty in New Mexico.”
Chandler explained that as a former attorney for Los Alamos National Laboratory, she understands firsthand how important LANL is to the community and state and what must be done to protect such a vital resource.
“When elected to the House, I will draw on my experience to devise creative bipartisan solutions based on compromise and mutual respect,” Chandler said. “Representative Garcia Richard left big shoes to fill … I plan to emulate her service as an advocate for education and working families.”
Chandler has lived in New Mexico for more than three decades. Her grandparents were immigrants to the United States. Neither of her parents graduated from college but she said they encouraged her and her brothers to pursue higher education.
“I was fortunate to have had wonderful teacher-mentors who opened the world up to me and I want to see New Mexico’s education system provide the same opportunities to our children,” Chandler said. “I truly believe that education is the foundation of economic success and of a vibrant democracy.
Chandler graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., with a degree in economics. She has law degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University, and recently retired from her career as an attorney and manager at LANL. She is married to George Chandler and through their marriage, the couple has three children and six grandchildren who live in Los Alamos, Carlsbad and Oregon.
Editor’s note: District 43 includes Los Alamos and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.