In an introductory biography, Jacklin notes that her son, a second year law student at the University of Maryland, is a Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua. The present president of Nicaragua is Daniel Ortega, once a Sandinista, now an ardent supporter of the heavy-breathing, anti-American president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Both countries, Nicaragua and Venezuela are unstable and destabilizing, not the best place for a Yanqui Peace Corp. law student. Jacklin’s chief concern in wanting to serve on the town council is “to maintain Glastonbury's excellent quality of life, while ensuring the town's affordability so that people of all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds can make their homes here.”
Michele Jacklin: I have lived in Glastonbury for 26 years with my husband, James Estrada. We have two children: Emily, a second-year law student at the University of Maryland, and Evan, a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Both were educated in the Glastonbury public school system. For the past two years I have served as Director of Media Relations for Trinity College in Hartford. Prior to that, I managed the successful re-election campaign of state Sen. Ed Meyer of Guilford and was Policy Director for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano when he ran for governor in 2006. Most of my adult life, however, has been spent as a journalist, primarily with The Hartford Courant, where I was a town news reporter, legislative reporter, chief political reporter, editorial writer and political columnist. My chief concern in wanting to serve on the Town Council is to maintain Glastonbury's excellent quality of life, while ensuring the town's affordability so that people of all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds can make their homes here.