Christine is dedicated to public service. In addition to being Vice Chair and formerly Chair of the Los Alamos County Council, Christine is presently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the First Born Program of Los Alamos and Secretary of the Board of the Regional Coalition of LANL communities. She serves on the Board of The Delle Foundation, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding initiatives that improve early childhood education, environmental stewardship, women's health, and other issues that affect northern New Mexico. After working for four sessions at the New Mexico Legislature as a legislative analyst, she has developed an extensive network of legislators and staff that will allow her to collaborate effectively with lawmakers and hit the ground running on her first day in office.
Christine has lived in New Mexico for over three decades. Her grandparents were immigrants to this country, and while neither of her parents graduated from college, they encouraged Christine and her brothers to pursue higher education. She was fortunate to have had wonderful teacher-mentors who opened the world up to her. She believes that education is the foundation of economic success and of a vibrant democracy, so she wants to see New Mexico’s education system provide the same opportunities to our children. Christine graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics and earned law degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University. She recently retired from her career as an attorney and manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has continued to devote herself to improving the communities she lives in. Christine is married to George Chandler; they have three children and six grandchildren who live in Los Alamos, Carlsbad, and Oregon.
Advocate for Education
Christine is committed to fighting to ensure that all New Mexicans receive a high-quality education from pre-K all the way to college. Her personal success has come from opportunities and encouragement she received, and she believes those same opportunities--starting with early childhood education--should be available to every New Mexican child no matter their background.
Christine has a proven record of community service whether as a former probate judge or current county councilor. She is currently Vice Chair of the Los Alamos County Council and a practicing New Mexico attorney who has worked for several years for the Senate Judiciary Committee as a senior analyst. Bringing integrity and a sense of fairness to her work, Christine will be a champion for us in the state legislature.
Building Healthy Communities
As a former Probate Judge and Planning & Zoning commissioner, Christine knows that healthy communities are shaped through investment in public safety, infrastructure, and critical services. Clean water, safe schools, and access to medical care are just some of the issues that Christine will advocate for to make sure all families have the opportunity to prosper.
Current Civic Activities
- Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair
- First Born of Los Alamos Board Member and Vice Chair
- Delle Foundation Board Member
Earlier Civic Work
- Los Alamos County Councilor & Chair
- Los Alamos League of Women Voters President
- Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Board Member
- Leadership Los Alamos Board Member
- Los Alamos Charter Review Committee Member
- Los Alamos Probate Judge
- Los Alamos Planning & Zoning Commission Member
- Los Alamos 60th Anniversary Committee Co-Chair
- New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice Commissioner
- Los Alamos League of Women Voters
- Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club
- 100 Women Who Care
- Pajarito Environmental Education Center
- The Sierra Club
- Los Alamos COOP Market
- Georgetown University Law Center, L.L.M. International & Comparative Law, with distinction
- Boston College Law School, J.D. cum laude
- Smith College, A.B. Economics
- Chandler Law of Los Alamos, Principal (Current)
- NM Senate Judiciary Committee Analyst (4 sessions)
- Los Alamos National Laboratory, Attorney & Group Leader
- Lawyer, Solo Practitioner