Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter has landed a job as president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont.
The Waterbury Center resident, who lost the governor’s race last November to Republican Phil Scott, announced the news Thursday morning on her Facebook page.
“So excited to be launching my next adventure and joining the amazing team of Special Olympics Vermont!” she wrote. “I look forward to being a part of an international movement that grows pride, self esteem and health for Special Olympic athletes and families, and builds diversity and inclusion in our communities.”
Minter told Seven Days that she worked some short-term jobs, including one position with the High Meadows Fund, before finding the Special Olympics. The organization, and its athletes, align with “who I am and my passions,” she said. Minter attended the group’s fall games last weekend, which she found “really inspirational.”
“To see the joy of sport come across the athletes, the pride, the self esteem, and then such a sense of community … there’s something so positive and there’s a lot more to it than I ever understood,” she said.
Minter said she’ll start the job sometime in October. Current president and CEO Lisa DeNatale is retiring after six years leading the nonprofit, the South Burlington-based organization said in a press release.
“I’ve been involved in sports my whole life. Growing up as a competitive figure skater, I had a dream of becoming an Olympian, so making that dream come true for others who have to overcome real adversity is really inspiring for me,” Minter said.
Prior to the 2016 gubernatorial race, Minter served as secretary and deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation and as the state’s chief recovery officer following Tropical Storm Irene. She spent three terms in the Vermont House.
“I know that Vermonters are capable of great things when they come together around a common mission,” Minter said in the release. “Special Olympics is a wonderful example of what is possible.”