Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday afternoon where he discussed his decision to seek another 4-year term on the Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
David Izraelevitz has announced his intention to run for reelection to the Los Alamos County Council.
Izraelevitz was first appointed in 2011 to fill a vacancy on Council after Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed Councilor Jim Hall to fill the House seat in Dist. 43 following the death of longtime Rep. Jeannette Wallace who died from an illness. Voters then elected Izraelevitz to a full four-year term on Council in the November 2014 election.
Izraelevitz discussed his reasons for wanting to serve another four-year term during an interview Monday afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“Over the last seven years we’ve made tremendous progress in our town and I feel I have a lot to contribute to help continue that path forward,” Izraelevitz said.
One of his top priorities is the local housing issue.
“We are finally making progress and we’ve got to bring that to fruition,” Izraelevitz said. “We have got to develop housing that is attractive to seniors, the workforce segment, those seeking entry level starter homes and those looking to move up. This involves several things including working with developers, identifying properties and putting together financing options.”
Another important issue is the LANL contract, he said.
“I feel I have much to contribute on this issue having worked at the Laboratory and because of my work at the Legislature in helping to preserve our tax base,” he said. “There are of course many other issues affecting our community, which I will address in the coming weeks and months.”
Izraelevitz is a first generation American, immigrating to the US at the age of 11 from Uruguay, South America. He moved to Los Alamos in 1995 from Boston with his wife Terry, and there three children Joseph, Jacob and Adam.
He has been active in many local community organizations, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, the local middle school MathCounts team, the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Izraelevitz also has been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including president for several terms. Izraelevitz is a founding board member and president of the Los Alamos Community Foundation.
Izraelevitz served on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009 and as its chair in 2008-2009. He also served on the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011. He was first elected council chair in January 2017 and reelected chair in January 2018.
During his first 10 years living in Los Alamos, Izraelevitz telecommuted, developing computer algorithms for the U.S. Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He joined LANL in 2005, where he most recently worked as a research engineer and team leader before retiring last year. He received a B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.