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I have spent my life living on the Connecticut Shoreline; growing up in Old Saybrook and after marrying Sloan Danenhower in 1983, living and raising two children in Old Lyme. With the support of family, community and the dedicated staff of the Old Lyme school system, both children benefited from an exceptional education and have moved on to successful careers.
Over the years, I have owned and managed several successful small businesses (the Cheese Shop in Essex, Ciel in Old Saybrook, and a consulting business). The town of Old Lyme has many exceptional qualities, and one of those is a generous and giving group of community volunteers. In the spirit serving the citizenry, I have volunteered in the Region 18 school district and served as a Girl Scout Leader and mentor. In addition, I have served on the Board of Finance and the Board of Education, and am serving on the MacCurdy Salisbury Foundation and the Old Lyme Historical Society. I feel fortunate to have been able to contribute to our community, and would like to continue my involvement as First Selectman of Old Lyme.
Serving on the Board of Finance and Board of Education helped me to stay connected with the issues affecting our community. I feel it’s important that all members of our community - parents, business leaders, members of our beach community, and retirees – should be kept informed and have a voice in our community.
We are so fortunate Old Lyme holds a special place in our hearts, it’s truly a hidden treasure. As First Selectman, I will preserve our heritage and traditions while balancing our town’s future needs. Change is inevitable; if we manage it with forethought and care, our community will continue to thrive and retain its charm.
My family has long roots in Old Lyme: I am proud to be the fourth generation to be lucky enough to live in this community. After graduating Old Lyme High School, I attended New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. My desire to return home brought me back to Old Lyme, after residing in Boston for 3 years after college.
Picking up where I left off, I began volunteering at the Old Lyme Fire Department, which I joined when I was 15 and have been a member ever since. Knowing that living in a small town requires activism, I volunteered to serve on the Board of Finance and Planning Commission, which I have served for over 15 years.
Old Lyme suits me; I enjoy the feeling of a small town and the connection I have with the townsfolk. Whether discussing local affairs at the firehouse or sitting down with friends from Old Lyme, I feel connected to our community.
I am proud to run for Selectman of Old Lyme and continue my years of service to our town. I am proud of the heritage of our small town and what it has to offer, from its school system to its long arts tradition. Mostly, I’m proud to be part of a community with such a diverse, yet understanding citizenry.
I am honored to run for Selectman and will provide the necessary understanding and experience needed to gently guide Old Lyme into the future.