Democrat Terry Berthelot is running for re-election in today’s Mansfield Town Council election.
Berthelot is not running on any specific issues, but she is in support of the referendum to consolidate Mansfield’s three elementary schools into one environmentally-friendly school, which will also be voted on in today’s election.
“Our community values our children and we want to make sure that they get the best education possible,” Berthelot said
Specifically, in terms of the environment, Berthelot is a strong believer in the capabilities in the new school and other initiatives, like eventually eliminating the use of plastic straws, to fight the effects of climate change.
Berthelot, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in the Family Studies department, has been vocal in the past about her objection to the implementation of the two new resource officers at E.O. Smith High School as well. The Region 19 school district had agreed to hire two armed officers with full arrest capability within the school grounds, but Berthelot advocated against it at a town council meeting in late September.
She went to law school at the University of Mississippi and has a background in healthcare and hospice fields as a lawyer.
Berthelot, as a former member of the military, says she is motivated to serve on the town council because of her internal feeling of duty to her community.
One of six Democrats running, Berthelot urges UConn students to get involved in the political process in Mansfield by voting.
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