Roberta Willis Reflects on Years of Service

Roberta Willis Reflects on Years of Service

Former State Representative Roberta Willis, retired after many terms in the CT State House, was on hand February 25 to talk about past legislative successes and the issues soon to be before the government. The room was packed with devoted admirers.

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