Konstantina Lukes

Konstantina Bequary "Konnie" Lukes (born October 13, 1941) is serving her fifteenth two-year term as a Councilor-At-Large. She served as Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts from 2007 through 2009. She is also Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Traffic & Parking.[3]

Konstantina B. Lukes
Councilor-at-Large of Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
1990–2020
70th Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
In office
January 13, 2007 – January 4, 2010
Preceded byTim Murray
Succeeded byJoseph C. O'Brien
Personal details
Born
Konstantina Bequary Lukes[1]

(1941-10-13) October 13, 1941 (age 78)[2]
Waterbury, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)James J. Lukes
ProfessionAttorney

Childhood and educationEdit

Konstantina Lukes is daughter of two Albanian immigrants. She was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut and worked in her parents' restaurant while attending public school. Konstantina worked her way through college and law school, graduating from Simmons College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.[4]

Professional career and public serviceEdit

Konstantina Lukes is a practicing attorney who maintains a Law Office in Worcester, Massachusetts, specializing in Family law, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate law.

Lukes serves as a public official in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her public service as the first Chair of the Worcester City Manager's Commission on the Status of Women. She was appointed by Massachusetts' Governor Michael Dukakis as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Lukes ran for office on the Worcester School Committee, eventually serving four terms, while also holding the position of Vice Chairman of the School Committee. She was elected to the Worcester City Council as a Councilor at Large in 1990, and also served as Vice Chairman of the Worcester City Council.

Lukes unsuccessfully sought the city's mayoralty in 1993, 1999 and 2005.[5][6][7]

In 2007, after Tim Murray stepped-down as mayor, Lukes became mayor. In January, 2008, she became the first popularly elected female Mayor in the history of the City of Worcester, having won the 2007 mayoral election.

Lukes lost reelection as mayor in the 2009 mayoral election, and her tenure as mayor ended in January 2010.

She unsuccessfully sought the mayoralty again in 2011, 2013, and 2017.

She announced, in 2019, that she would not seek and additional term on Worcester's city council.[8]

PersonalEdit

Konnie Lukes is married to Dr. James Lukes and they have one son, Peter, who is also an attorney in Worcester.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.martindale.com/worcester/massachusetts/konstantina-bequary-lukes-698629-a/
  2. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (April 1995). The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Volumes 1-9; Volume 11; Volume 13; Volumes 15-17. Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561601127.
  3. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  4. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  5. ^ "WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS ELECTION SUMMARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS" (PDF). Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  6. ^ "WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST MUNICIPAL ELECTION WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS" (PDF). Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  7. ^ "WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS STATEMENT OF VOTES CAST MUNICIPAL ELECTION WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS" (PDF). Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ Kotsopoulos, Nick (1 May 2019). "Konstantina Lukes will not seek re-election to City Council". telegram.com. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Murray
Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
January 10, 2007-January 4, 2010
Succeeded by
Joseph C. O'Brien