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It all started out simple enough. George Chandler arrived in Los Alamos in 1974 and began work as a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Then he met Lou Burkhardt, a fellow lab employee in his division – and everything started to change.
Chandler described Burkhardt as a “gadfly” when it came to county politics. His friend’s persistence in local politics rubbed off on Chandler who began attending county council meetings every week.
The county council at the time approved re-zoning a piece of land on North Mesa that was zoned for a trailer park. The Atomic Energy Commission sold the land to a private developer who figured more money could be made if the land was developed into a subdivision, he said.
Chandler said he felt the council’s decision to rezone the land was a mistake and started a petition, which led to an election that successfully rescinded the rezoning.
This petition seemed to be a springboard to launching Chandler as an active participant in county activities. Whether serving on county council or various committees, he dove into life in Los Alamos. And his work continues today.
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