After proudly taking her late husband‘s place representing the 111th district, Mary Keeler was a state representative who never cast a vote and never had the opportunity to advance Ridgefield’s agenda. Her tenure, while brief, put her in the same rarified company as Capt. Aaron Lee, Major Job Smith, Capt. Nathan Dauchy, former Governor Phineas Lounsbury and many other Ridgefielders who chose to serve the people of Ridgefield in the legislature.
They are but a few examples of the legacy of local figures that have served the town over the past two centuries. Since 1776, 176 Ridgefielders from all walks of life have stepped forward to make a difference. Their tenure ranged from several months to the current and longest serving Representative John Frey’s 21 years in office. Many of their stories have gone largely unnoticed until now.