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May 20, 2013

New Danvers selectman has worked her way up

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Back when she was president of Danvers American Little League 16 years ago, she met Town Manager Wayne Marquis when she decided: “I wanted a field.” It led to the construction of Memorial Field at Plains Park, and she learned from Marquis the “meet me halfway” philosophy, which involves leagues and residents contributing money to such projects, and the town maintaining them.

“You can’t take more than we have,” Langlais said Marquis told her.

As a selectman, Langlais said she will continue to be an advocate for sports programs and the maintenance and construction of town ballfields. She would like to see an artificial turf field built at Deering Field at Danvers High.

“I always said three hours after school of a kid being busy is three of the best hours you can give your kid,” she said of her enthusiasm for youth sports.

Twenty six years ago her husband, Gary Langlais, died in a car accident in Duxbury, but in telling the story, she does not want to dwell on the past.

“I don’t look back, I only look forward,” she said.

Langlais said she loves politics, and felt like she knew what was going in town by serving on the Finance Committee.

Because her term as selectman expires next spring, Langlais said she intends to run for a full term next May.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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