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David Izraelevitz, Council Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

ImageDavid Izraelevitz was first selected by the Los Alamos County Council to fill the unexpired term of Councilor James Hall, who left his position to be State House District 43 Representative. David was then elected for a full term in the November 2014 elections.

David is a first generation American, immigrating to the US at the age of eleven from Uruguay, South America. He moved to Los Alamos in 1995 from Boston with his wife Terry, and his three children Joseph, Jacob and Adam.

David has been involved in many community organizations in Los Alamos, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, the local middle school MathCounts team, the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund, the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has also been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including President for several terms. David was a founding Board member and is current President of the Los Alamos Community Foundation.

He was a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009, serving as chair 2008-2009, and was a member of the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011. He was elected Council Chair in January 2017. He is also on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Municipal League, serving as President for 2018-2019.

David telecommuted the first ten years living in Los Alamos, developing computer algorithms for the U.S. Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He joined LANL in 2005, where he recently retired from his position as Research Engineer and Team Leader. He received the B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

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Chris Chandler, Council Vice-Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Chris was elected in the November 2016 general election. She served a term on the Council from 1997 through 2000, during which she was Council Chair and Vice Chair.

Chris moved to Los Alamos in 1993, after which she quickly became active in community affairs. She was a founding member of the boards of Leadership Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. In addition, Chris served on two Charter Review Committees (1995 and 2010), the Planning & Zoning Commission, and was Co-Chair of the County's 60th Anniversary Committee. She is a past President of the Los Alamos League of Women Voters and continues to be an active member. Chris is currently on the boards of the First Born Program of Los Alamos and The Delle Foundation.

Chris is a practicing attorney. After a career as an in-house litigation lawyer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the last 10 years of which she was the Litigation group leader, she entered private practice as a partner in Chandler Law of Los Alamos. Chris graduated from Smith College and has a J.D. degree from Boston College, cum laude, and an L.L.M. degree in International and Comparative Law, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Chris' priorities include supporting planning efforts that preserve neighborhoods, with the aim of fostering a sense of community, and revitalizing the Los Alamos town site and the White Rock village. Chris values the natural amenities of Los Alamos and recognizes that those amenities, and its active and engaged people, make Los Alamos the special place that it is.

Morris Pongratz, Councilor

(Appointed by Council June 11, 2018 to replace James Chrobocinski, who resigned.)

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

Morris Pongratz
Morris (“Morrie”) Pongratz grew up on a farm/ranch near O’Neill, Nebraska. He attended a one-room country school from K thru 8th grade. He played on a state championship football team in high school. Morrie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University in Omaha with a triple major in math, physics and philosophy and a minor in theology. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland (Thesis “Observations of Acceleration and Thermalization in Auroral Electrons”).

Morrie and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Los Alamos in 1973. They have two surviving children, Karin and Dan, both graduates of Los Alamos High School. Morrie worked at EG&G, Los Alamos and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for over 45 years. His work experience includes nuclear test diagnostics, active experiments in space, satellite-based test ban treaty monitoring and nuclear forensics. He was a four-time recipient of LANL Distinguished Performance Awards.

Morrie was elected to six terms on Los Alamos County Council where he served as council chair and vice-chair. Morrie is now serving his seventh term on the council. He was elected to one term on Los Alamos Board of Education. Morrie was named Living Treasure in Los Alamos in 2011; his wife Cheryl was named a Living Treasurer in 2018. He has volunteered as PA announcer for Los Alamos High School athletics for over 30 years. He was named to Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2014.

Morrie is a 35-plus year member of Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. He has served as Kiwanis Advisor to LAHS Key Club for over 30 years. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, serving as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He produced the book "Nuclear Weapons and Morality" for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in 1983. Morrie is a charter member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, the Los Alamos Forum on Faith and Science, and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Morrie is an organizer/recruiter for United Way Youth Team.

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Antonio Maggiore, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Antonio was elected to the County Council in the November 2016 general election.
Antonio Maggiore was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He attended college at Northern Arizona University and Evergreen State College before returning to Los Alamos, and starting landscaping business Ecolutions, LLC in 2007. Ecolutions LLC specializes in permaculture-based landscape design, rainwater management, and lush xeric landscapes. As a small business owner and community volunteer, Antonio is recently known for his “guerrilla” garden, providing vegetables to the neighborhood and passersby, local landscapes such as at the Bathtub Row brewing company, and tending of the county’s newest Little Free Library. Antonio is a passionate supporter of broad access to public transportation and affordable housing, maintaining open and green spaces, and creating a vibrant and diverse community. He lives in a historical Lustron house in Los Alamos with his four cats.

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Rick Reiss, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

Appointed by Council on September 6, 2012 to fill a vacant unexpired term and elected in 2014 for another term, Rick is a local small businessman and real estate developer. He has lived in Los Alamos since 1993. He was raised in southern New Mexico, received his Bachelors degree from New Mexico State University and is married to Deborah Reiss. They have 2 grown children, Rikki and Jason. The children graduated from Los Alamos High School and are successful in their careers in Texas. 

Rick is active in Kiwanis, is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos, a former co-chair, with his wife, for United Way, and a former board member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

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Susan O'Leary, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

Susan earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University. After holding other jobs in publishing, she joined The Washington Post in 1992 and served as the Vice President of Advertising from 2001 until 2005. As Vice President, her job was to align the individual efforts of her 500 person department to achieve the company’s strategic goals and to meet annual revenue goals of $750M. She led her team to grow revenue, to improve the customer experience and to control costs by upgrading technology, by replacing decades-old operations processes, and by creating new print and online products. She also served on the Executive Board of the newspaper, participating in strategic planning, policy development and resource allocation.

Susan, her husband and their two elementary school aged children moved to Los Alamos from a barrier island on the North Carolina coast in 2011. Since arriving in Los Alamos, Susan has volunteered extensively in the community.

Susan believes that success for any organization involves having clear, meritorious goals and having the discipline to act consistently in support of those goals. As a member of the Council, Susan is leveraging her business experience to help build a more effective County enterprise by: 

•Contributing to strategic planning efforts that reflect the priorities of the community and that will effectively guide the County Government;
•Contributing to clear policy that supports strategic planning goals on a day-to-day basis;
•Supporting budget priorities that align spending with strategic planning goals;
•Evaluating and improving the County’s management effectiveness as an enterprise;
•Improving the County’s public engagement with community stakeholders; and
Strengthening public trust in government through increased two-way communication and other transparency efforts.

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Pete Sheehey, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Pete Sheehey was re-elected to the Council for a second term in the November 2016 general election.  Pete Sheehey has lived and worked in Los Alamos since 1986. Pete comes from a California working class family that placed great importance on getting a good education. He earned a scholarship to go to college at UC Santa Cruz, served as a computer technician in the US Air Force from 1976 to 1979, worked as a field engineer, and then went back to school to become a scientist. After finishing a PhD in Physics at UCLA, he worked as a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory on controlled fusion nuclear energy and nuclear weapons safety and reliability. He retired in April 2012 from the Lab. His interests include renewable energy, preservation of the environment, and music. He is an avid runner, hiker, and a long-time member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club (

Pete has been active in political and community affairs. He has worked since the 1990's with the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (, a bi-partisan group that studies arms control and advocates for sound treaties and policies that increase our national security. He served on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2008 to 2012, also serving for several years on the P&Z Board of Adjustment. At the 2012 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, Pete worked successfully with Los Alamos County Councilors, State Representatives, and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district. He has also advocated for other issues at the New Mexico Roundhouse and the US Congress.

The main effort of his campaign for County Council in 2012 was to knock on thousands of people’s doors in Los Alamos and White Rock, introduce himself, and ask what are their concerns about their county government. They told him they are concerned about aggressive spending being done by the county, when the Lab's budget, the main source of the county's income, is being cut. At the same time, they want us to go ahead with needed investments in education, infrastructure, and economic development: things that will help make this town more inviting to everyone, from students and single people, to families with children, to retirees. Having played all of those roles in his time here, Pete aims to help find a balance between these concerns. People are in pretty good agreement on priorities: public safety, infrastructure, education, and economic development, followed by improving our recreational amenities. Pete is focused on communication to build consensus, prioritization, fiscal responsibility, and sustainability. If we focus on these things, we will be able to afford all of the important things for our community, even in challenging times.

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Jacqueline Salazar