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Catching Up With Former Darien Selectman Klein

Evonne Klein spent six years as first selectman of Darien, including two years leading Darien's first Democrat-controlled board in 187 years. Though Klein has kept herself busy working for the Democratic Town Committee and campaigning for various candidates, she has also been able to take some time for herself.

"It's great to be able to have time to be with my family and spend more time with friends. I can leave town now without checking my phone and worrying about what's going on," she said.

Klein joined the Board of Selectmen in 2001. She served as first selectman from 2003 to 2009 before stepping down. In 2007, she was elected in an overwhelming victory, winning 65 percent of the vote.

Though Klein said she enjoyed every aspect of serving on the board, she does not plan to run for political office again. "That part of my life is at an end," she said.

Even though the Board of Selectmen is occasionally divided along partisan lines, Klein said she sought to make the board a cohesive unit. "Every board takes on its own personality. Some years it's more difficult than others, but it's important that people make their decisions based on what they think is in the best interest of the community," she said. "When it gets too 'political,' people can sometimes lose sight of that."

She said the political activist in her has not stopped working. She campaigned for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes , Gov. Dannel Malloy and former state Sen. Andrew McDonald. She's currently working on the campaign for Carlo Leone for state Senate District 27 .

Even though she is no longer a politician, Klein still loves the political process. "It's always exciting to talk to someone who's planning to run, who wants to serve, and has the ideas, energy and enthusiasm for public office," she said. "People deserve to have choice, good, spirited debate, and good candidates to choose from on Election Day."

How do you think Evonne Klein did as first selectman? How do you think she would handle the issues happening in town today? Join the debate in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter .

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