As Mayor, I pledge to listen, to work hard for you every day, to be a forceful and effective advocate, and to always endeavor to be visible, engaged, open-minded, accountable and ever-focused on the needs, interests and concerns of the entire community.
I promise to be a visible advocate for all of Summit. To me that means everything from cultivating our corporate neighbors so that they continue to provide jobs, revenue, and services to Summit, to calmly sitting with the County to make sure we get our fair share, to making sure Summit delivers for our youth as well as our seniors. It also means taking a strong and visible leadership role when our community faces challenges, even those that are unforeseeable, and pounding the table when needed.
Background and Community Engagement
Nora Radest has been an active volunteer in Summit for over 25 years. After moving to Summit in 1989 she quickly became involved in PTO activities ultimately serving on the PTA/PTO Legislative Committee. In 1995 Nora was a founding member of Speak Up Summit, an advocacy group for the Summit public schools, and served as its president.
Nora was a member of the Board of Education from 1997-2002, serving as the president for the 1998/1999 academic year. In that year the Board of Education approved the 23 million dollar renovation and expansion of Summit High School.
Nora was a member of the board of trustees of the Summit Educational
Foundation from 2004-2012 and served as president from 2008-2011. Along
with a group of dedicated volunteers, she spearheaded the establishment
of an endowment fund for SEF. This was and still is one of the few
public school endowments in the state. Nora currently serves on the
boards of The Connection and the PEP Foundation and is a member of the
Connecticut College Parents Council.
Nora graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and received a JD from Fordham Law
School. She practiced law in the area of commercial real estate.