Candidate Spotlight: Anna Reiter
What is something you learned in the last week?
I just learned that out of the 2,300 governors the states in this country have had, only 44 have been women.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I won a Duck River Garden Club Scholarship when I was a senior in High School!
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I want to learn to sail. I love being on the water and just haven’t had the chance to learn to sail yet!
What inspired you to run for local office?
I really like people who come up with solutions, so when I complained about the condition of the Cross Lane Playground, I knew I could be part of the solution to make it into a beautiful place for kids to play and adults to enjoy. During that process I realized that I wanted to be a part of making our town tick, and the Board of Finance was a great place to start participating.
What’s your favorite place in Old Lyme?
My favorite place in Old Lyme is White Sand Beach. I grew up playing here and enjoying the natural beauty of the water. Now, I love watching my kids play in the water, build sand castles, go crabbing on the jetty and collect seashells while walking down the beach. Fun fact, my husband proposed to me on White Sand Beach!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to freeze things and make snow. I love skating outside and it would be so fun to be able to make an ice skating rink anywhere! And there is nothing better than a powder
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Ha, 30 minutes of free-time, I have a 6-year old, 4-year old and 1-year old! Actually, I’m usually recipe hunting. I love to cook and I’m always on the hunt for a great new recipe! Or, I have my nose in a book, I love historical fiction.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Picking up after my kids!
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
I would love to meet all the past generations of my family. I have so many questions about how they lived life and I want to know if my children’s features and mannerisms are repeats of past
What do you like best about being an elected official?
I love learning about our wonderful community. With my time as an alternate on the Board of Finance I have had the honor of representing my neighbors and their interests to create a fair and balanced budget. But to do that, I have had to ask questions, listen to many different perspectives and priorities and learn all about the people and places that make our town so unique. I grew up here and had no idea how special this town and community are. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve and hope to be elected again on November 5.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Don’t cut your bangs. It will take years to fix and turns out, you’re not a bangs person, no matter how much you want to be!