Vincent P. Chiravalle
Former Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent P. Chiravalle told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has entered the race for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43.
“As a state representative I would apply a common-sense conservative approach that reflects core Republican principles and puts state government on the side of our citizens,” Chiravalle said. “I would work to create a more efficient state government, one that promotes private enterprise, supports our public schools, and protects life.”
He is a native of New Jersey and his mother, Marie Chiravalle was a teacher and worked in public education for many years.
“She instilled in me a deep appreciation for the challenges and rewards of the teaching profession,” he said. “At an early age I became interested in science and eventually pursued my academic interests at Princeton University where I earned Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. After finishing my studies, I moved to Los Alamos in 2003 to become a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I currently work. As a scientist I have cultivated strong analytic skills and problem solving abilities that have helped me in the political arena.”
Chiravalle, 40, recalled how upon arriving in New Mexico, he was in awe of the beautiful mountainous views, something not seen in New Jersey. Eleven years later, he said he is still delighted by the natural gifts surrounding the area as he enjoys his weekly jogging routine.
“I am determined to see these treasures protected for future generations,” he said.”Being relatively young and new to politics, it was an honor to have been elected to the Los Alamos County Council in 2008, where I served for four years. I learned that being a leader and shaping government policy requires that one take a stand for what is right, independent of political concerns.
“I have never shied away from a position that I felt was in the best interests of our citizens, even in the face of strong opposition. I have always worked to champion issues that favored the needs of working people, families and small businesses, and I would continue my commitment to these issues as state representative. I believe that government can be a positive force for creating opportunities, and should not be an obstacle through excessive regulations.”
Outside of work and politics, Chiravalle is an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church where he serves as a lector. He is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and participates in its charitable activities. Chiravalle also is a member of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico.
Chiravalle is a Republican who will run against Geoff Rodgers in the June 3 Primary Election, the winner of which will face Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard in the Nov. 4 General Election.