Mary Glassman

Public office: First selectwoman of Simsbury, 1991 to 1999, 2007 to present.

Current post: First selectwoman

Mary Messina Glassman is the running mate of a Democrat trying to be elected governor for the second time in four years.

In 2006, she was the choice of Dan Malloy. This year, she is the pick of Malloy’s opponent in the Aug. 10 Democratic primary, Ned Lamont. Until her selection in May, Glassman was exploring her own run for governor.

Glassman has one of the unlikeliest back stories in politics: A former newspaper reporter and an environmental lawyer, she became the Democratic first selectwoman of Simsbury, a Republican suburb of 24,000 nestled in the Farmington Valley, almost by accident.

After Labor Day weekend in 1991, Simsbury’s minority Democratic Party was stunned to learn that its candidate for first selectman had quit the race. Glassman’s husband, Andy, attended the hastily-called Democratic Town Committee meeting to settle on a replacement.

He returned home and gave Glassman some startling news: She was the replacement. At the time, Glassman was 33 and pregnant with their third child. The only consolation was that a Democrat had no chance.

Simsbury hadn’t elected a Democratic first selectman since long before Glassman was born. And Glassman, who grew up in blue-collar New Britain, hadn’t been long in the upscale suburb.

She won and was re-elected in 1993, 1995 and 1997. After a voluntary break for a career at the State Capitol, where she worked for the speaker of the House, Moira Lyons, and Lt. Gov. Kevin B. Sullivan, she was elected again in 2007 and 2009.

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law.

Personal: Glassman, 51, is married to Andy Glassman, a lawyer in Hartford. They are the parents of three children and reside in Simsbury.