Alderman Shaw steps down due to personal demands

Alderman Susan Shaw, Democrat, who represents the 4th District, is stepping down from her post due to family and work obligations.

An alderman since 2011, Shaw was thanked by her fellow aldermen Monday night when she announced her plans to resign before the end of her term.

Republicans and Democrats alike praised her work as an alderman. Mayor Ben Blake said she has been “an important voice for this board,” and a great contributor.

Democratic Town Committee Chairman Rich Smith said Shaw will be missed, and that the 4th District will determine who will be named to take her place for the remainder of her term, which ends in November.

“Susan's personal responsibilities to her work and family will require more of her time going forward,” Smith said. “We are very sorry to see her go, she is a thoughtful and articulate member of the board and her presence will be sorely missed.”

Shaw said this week that she had hoped to be able to manage all her obligations but decided it was not fair to her constituents to not be able to dedicate the time needed to be their alderman.

Shaw has long been active in Milford: She was involved in the Downtown Milford Business Association when she owned Collected Stories Bookstore on Daniel Street. She was a member and chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board, and she was involved in starting the new group Milford Speaks Out, which formed in response to the last presidential election.

She was member of the Mayor’s Long Term Sandy Recovery Task Force, and later started working for a non-profit group helping people secure funding to rebuild their homes after Storms Irene and Sandy.

Always involved, Shaw said that she has started doing “less and less” as other demands take her time. She plans to stay involved with Milford Speaks Out, which she said is growing in membership.

“We’ve got a really great group of people there,” Shaw said.