Letters to the Editor 3-23-17

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Chandler is superbly
qualified for state

Dear Editor,
I urge all Democrats in District 43 to vote for Christine Chandler in the June 5 primary. She is superbly qualified through temperament, knowledge and experience.
I have known Chris almost from her first day at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in late 1986. At that time, I was a lab associate director responsible for the nuclear weapons program. Chris and I worked together on numerous issues and problems facing the lab. She was always professional in the face of serious challenges. I remember one case early in her career when she was selected by the legal office to brief a University of California Regents subcommittee on some legal issue. I have forgotten the specifics, but Chris was selected either to win their approval for the lab’s actions or to be eaten alive. I attended the briefing. It started out with the visitors being very hostile and ended up with them eating out of her hand.  I was very impressed.
As an attorney, she has extensive experience across the laboratory. She understands the lab contract process and how Los Alamos interacts with local, state, and federal governments.  She is unique with this experience that will be a great asset to District 43 and all of our neighbors in northern New Mexico.
The lab had great confidence in Chris, which was demonstrated when they sent her to Georgetown law school to further her education in international law. Where she is strong is not only in her legal knowledge but also in her clear and concise thought process. She thinks well on her feet and is quick to spot problems and solutions. All of this is accomplished in a cooperative and collaborative manner. She is a great leader and knows how to get things done through compromise and consensus.
This has stood her in good stead when she started volunteer work with the county about 25 years ago. She has extensive experience on Council and has been both chair and vice chair. She has also served on various commissions and committees. For example, she has been on the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission and served with me on the Charter Review Committee.
In recent years, Chris has worked as a committee analyst at the New Mexico state Legislature. She has broad and detailed knowledge regarding how our state government works. This will be very valuable when she represents us in Santa Fe.
Chris Chandler is not only very bright and experienced; she sincerely cares about her constituents. She listens and understand the interests of those in her district and in New Mexico at large.
Please vote for Christine Chandler on June 5 to be the Democrat candidate for the New Mexico State legislature’s district 43.
John C. Hopkins
Los Alamos