Whether it was having a conversation like this during her district hours, a 6 a.m. phone call at home or a random encounter on the street, Stanley said she would really miss working with her constituents and trying her best to do right by them.
As for the things she won’t miss?
After a long pause, Stanley said, “I will not miss the pomp and circumstance,” adding that all of the formalities associated with the Legislature were cool at first, but became tiresome after a while.
“At one particular event, we were encouraged to stand up and give a standing ovation to our speaker, who’s now in jail. I won’t miss that,” she said.
The view ahead
Despite her eventual banishment to the Statehouse basement, Stanley said she feels her legacy is strong and that she will be leaving satisfied with her work.
“I won nine straight elections, what does that tell you,” she said. “I’ve probably gotten 400 to 500 cards and emails from people saying, ‘Good for you for calling them like you saw them.’ So I feel good.”
Once her term officially ends next week, Stanley said she plans on getting away someplace warm for a bit. She added that she won’t be globalizing her phone, saying she thinks it would be best if she falls off the grid for a while so Mirra can settle in on his own.
But until Jan. 2, Stanley said she would be there for her constituents, like they always have been for her.
“These guys took a chance on me in 1994,” Stanley said. “And I think I proved to be a good investment for them.”