Candidate for Legislative Council District 2
I’ve lived with my family in Newtown for 18 years, and I’m passionate about our community. I’ve served one term on the Legislative Council
My family and I were lucky enough to spend 7 years abroad learning about different people, places, and cultures. Now that we’ve been back in Newtown for the past 6 years, I’ve learned to appreciate even more the special community we have here. My first term on the Council taught me the importance of education, community involvement, and cooperation. I plan to continue implementing what I’ve learned if I am reelected.
In addition to my elected position, I work in town and am a former retail storeowner. The customer service and financial discipline required in those roles prepared me well for my role on the Legislative Council and ensured that the long-term wellbeing of our town’s businesses was always at the top of my mind.
I want to set an example for all residents to actively participate in our government and to follow my lead in taking risks and speaking up – our town can be even stronger if we open up government to the talented and innovative residents who haven’t been given the chance to make their voices heard. I was encouraged by enormously supportive peers to get involved – I want to do the same for you.
I currently work in the front office / reception – Newtown Center Pediatrics (Dr. Laura Nowacki), on Queen Street. I update and input our electronic medical records, schedule appointments, and lead reception.
Owner / Manager – Dog Days, Inc. – Greenwich CT
In 1990 I founded, designed, and managed one of the first up-market pet supply and gift boutiques. Our store won many customer awards and was very popular in the community. After six years I gave up that work to raise our children, but as a small business owner I can bring economic perspective and a customer orientation to the Legislative Council role.
Parent volunteer – Shekou International School, Shenzhen China.
Served on parent/teacher Board to develop the school’s Mission Statement and Curricular Review. Raised funds for Seng Girls charity for underprivileged girls’ education.
Parent volunteer – ICS International School, Madrid Spain.
Led the school’s equivalent of the PTA; Served as Parent Coordinator for the school’s International Baccalaureate review.
Manager of Newtown recreation league U14 soccer team.
Member of Newtown Forward.
Dartmouth College; Bachelor of Arts – Art History/English major.
Married (husband John Fletcher); 4 children (Jamison 23, Jackson 20, Hudson 18, Hayden 16).