MANCHESTER – Education Council member Emily Luna recently tendered her resignation, citing scheduling conflicts with her recent acceptance into an evening law program.
Luna, 25, a Democrat, was first elected to the board for a three-year term in 2019. She began attending law school at Western New England University in Springfield this fall. She said going to school would not give her the free time to fully engage in council affairs.
She tendered her resignation at the board meeting on September 27 and it came into effect on October 1.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve by your side as the youngest Latina and the first Mexican-American to an elected post in Manchester,” Luna wrote in a letter to Superintendent Matthew Geary and the Council of education. “I hope my tenure on the board will encourage young people of all origins and ethnicities to become more involved in our city and to advocate for the changes needed to help them succeed in our schools.
Education board chairman Darryl Thames Sr. said Luna had a big impact on the board almost immediately after her election. He said she had tried to juggle the responsibilities of the board and the law school, but it was a difficult question.
“Through her dedication, research, and innate ability to grasp things and grasp concepts, she was able to come in and contribute essentially immediately,” said Thames.
Education board member Tracy Patterson said she learned from Luna when she was on the board and thanked her for her work in town. Member Christopher Pattacini said Manchester High School graduate Luna is a great role model of what the school system hopes to produce in students.
“As a graduate of the public school system, it’s always great to see members of the community rise through the ranks and contribute,” said Pattacini. “She is a great example of the kind of person we would like to create in our schools.”
Manchester Democratic Town president Michael Pohl has said he hopes to see Luna in an elected post in the future.
“Emily Luna is a very dedicated and thoughtful leader. We are all very proud of her and wish her good luck in law school, ”said Pohl.
Luna works as Director of External Affairs for Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017 with a degree in political science and a minor in Latin American studies.
Pohl said any Democrats interested in serving on the board and fulfilling that term, which runs until November 2023, should contact him at 860-983-4804.