November 08, 2007

Hero du Jour

JEAN DE SMET was elected first selectwoman in Windham Tuesday, the first Green Party candidate to win a top municipal post in state history. Courant story here.

A master electrician who refers to herself as a construction worker, de Smet said she's one of fewer than 10 women in her 500-person union.

De Smet is a founder and co-coordinator of the popular Third Thursday Streetfests, which brings thousands of people to downtown Willimantic from May to October.

She organizes and gives wagon tours of Willimantic's Victorian neighborhoods and has helped produce and run a number of local festivals. De Smet has served on the town's affirmative action commission, the open space and conservation commissions, the board of the local food co-op, the YMCA and the Community Land Trust of Windham Inc.

Congratulations, Windham. Congratulations, Jean de Smet. Hope it's a fruitful, fulfilling, and productive term.....

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