Aerospace engineer enters council race

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By Carol A. Clark

After careful consideration, Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Staff Member (TSM) Vincent P. Chiravalle determined he has the time and energy necessary to devote to county council to make a positive difference in the community."I'm running for county council because I believe Los Alamos is a special place and I have the energy and ideas to keep it that way," he said. "I'm prepared to work with council members to help the community achieve its goals."The 2003 Princeton graduate detailed his priorities during an interview.• Number one, I want to bring more high-paying research jobs into the county that are less dependent on the laboratory;• number two, I want to promote a local economy that has better retail and takes advantage of our natural environment. We have wonderful parks, trails, the Ski Hill and many other things related to the environment that can help lead to economic benefits; and• number three, I want to ensure that our county government lives within its means."The people elect officials to look very carefully at spending and we have to make sure as a county that we live within our means,” he said. “A lot of people have stepped up to contribute to this community and I want to do my part. I think I can do that through service on the council."Chiravalle, 34, described his approach to making continual investments in our infrastructure as one that emphasizes cost effectiveness and the most efficient capital project management."I believe we need to make investments in our community," he said. "The quality of life for our citizens should be a very important concern for the council."Chiravalle moved to Los Alamos five years ago from New Jersey. He lives in Hawks Landing on North Mesa, he said, where he owns his own home and has served the last two years as president of the home owners association.Chiravalle described family and family life in Los Alamos as very important. “This is a great community in which to raise children and we have a very fine school system," he said. "I personally prefer the small town atmosphere that we have here."If elected, Chiravalle said he will act on the priorities he has outlined, working with like minded councilors, "to ensure we continue to keep Los Alamos the special place that it is.""I feel very privileged to live here," he said. "We are just blessed with such a beautiful environment - the parks, trails and Overlook in White Rock are spectacular. We must protect this environment and at the same time help attract outdoor type businesses to take advantage of this environment and bring economic growth to our community."

Chiravalle holds a PhD in aerospace engineering. He works in the Applied Physics Division (X) at LANL.

By entering the county council race, Chiravalle is following in his mother’s public service foot steps. Marie Chiravalle, a retired high school educator, serves on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board.