Anna Reiter | Board of Finance
BS Geology - Concentrations in Geochemistry and Geophysics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Qualifications for the Board of Finance
What inspired you to run for local office?
Mary Jo Nosal, Bonnie Reemsnyder and the late David Wooley inspired me to run for office. These three people have shared their passion for public service with me and have shown me what a joy it is to share your talents within your own town. I served in David’s seat on the Board of Finance to finish his term following his retirement from public office in 2019. He was kind, thoughtful, fair and always interested in listening. I hope I can carry on his legacy on the Board of Finance for another six years.
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!
What do you like best about being an elected official?
I love learning about our wonderful community. During my time as a member of the Board of Finance I had the honor of representing my neighbors and their interests, to create a fair and balanced budget. 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 just how special this town and community truly are until I volunteered my time on the Board of Finance. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve and hope to be elected again on November 7.
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!
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 day.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Ha, 30 minutes of free-time, I have a 10-year old, 8-year old and 5-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.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
I would love to meet all the past generations of my family, specifically my Great Great Aunt Margaret. I have so many questions about how she lived life and I want to know if my children’s features and mannerisms are repeats of past generations.
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!