As reported in the Dorchester Reporter at the Ward 15 Democratic Caucus yesterday, Rep. Marie St. Fleur announced that she will NOT seek re-election. Further coverage is in the report by Gintautus Dumcius at his blog
After 12 years, St. Fleuer, the founder of a group for Haitian-American legislators, is ready to move on.
St. Fluer just returned from a trip to Haiti where she is actively involved in relief efforts in her native country. Her intelligence, work ethic, and ability to engage in long range planning could be critical to that effort.
For myself, I will miss her presence in state government because she was one of the few legislators who truly understood child welfare laws and the needs of kids in foster care, and worked in practical, commonsense ways to improve their lives.
The Department of Children and Families spends more on consultants with fancy academic credentials then on services to keep families together, to this day. But more as to that in a future post – to those of us who care more about people than corporate profits for a small elite, Marie St. Fleur will be missed.
I wish her well in her future endeavors and am absolutely certain that in whatever she decides to do as she reinvents herself and goes forward, Marie St. Fleur will make a difference in the lives of many people.
As to those who have made snarky comments about Rep. St. Fleur’s past financial issues, as a now-single parent with two kids in college – more power to her for keeping her head above water and her kids in school. I suspect that the “financial problems” and the “former husband” had something to do with one another, and that that set of problems are part of the past and will not recur.
So, as to Rep. St. Fleur, it is “exit, stage left” but with my admiration and good wishes.