occupation: West Hartford town councilor and volunteer
found at: Kimberly Boutique (West Hartford)
What was your earliest ambition?
To be a teacher and gymnastics coach.
How physically fit are you?
Maintaining my physical fitness is part of my daily routine. I pride myself on staying in shape so that I can bike 50 miles, run a half marathon, or swim a mile without much preparation.
How politically committed are you?
I am an elected official, so by default I would have to say pretty committed. Politics impact our daily lives. I am concerned about the quality of life for my elderly parents and my young adult children.
Why did you decide to enter politics?
I was a PTO president, had volunteered for a few campaigns and then an opportunity fell in my lap. I was appointed to the West Hartford Town Council. It has been such a privilege and honor to serve my community.
Do you consider your carbon footprint?
Of course, but there is still so much more my family and I can do. I try to share this with my children as well: turning off lights, recycle, don't run water unnecessarily, etc.
What ambitions do you still have?
Leaving each place I go a little better than when I arrived. I hope to continue to have a positive impact on my community as an elected official. My hope is to impact the health and well-being of other women and young people through my involvement with the American Heart Association.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
Raising four creative, happy, sensitive, smart and sweet young men.
What has been your greatest disappointment?
How Sept. 11 changed our lives and our country.
If your 20-year-old self could see you now, what would she think?
She would be happy to know I found an amazing, funny, sweet and caring husband and partner. She would love my sons and she would probably think, “Why is she listening to all of these ‘talk shows' and not to music?”
At what point in your life were you most frightened?
I was most frightened when my youngest son was born. He was born with congenital heart disease and we almost lost him. He had several open-heart surgeries and although they were so scary, we understood that these procedures were essential to improving his health and quality of life.
If you could rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
I guess an eight. I have a very loving and fulfilling life. I am lucky to have a fabulous partner and a fun family. There just never seems to be enough time to spend with all of those I care about and doing all the things that I enjoy and interest me. And I love living, working and raising a family in West Hartford.
TMI: Shari Cantor