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Son Returns, Succeeds Mother, MCS Mainstay

Son Returns, Succeeds

Mother, MCS Mainstay

That’s On School Board. Will, Susan Ward

Also Plan Joint Venture On Brewery, Catering

Susan Ward, who is retiring from the Milford school board after 18 years, holds up a poster of her son Will, who won a five-way race to succeed her in the Tuesday, May 21, elections. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

MILFORD – A Milford family dynasty is born, in both politics and business.

In the political sphere, Susan Ward is retiring 18 years on the Milford Central school board, the past eight as the board’s president.

Tuesday, May 21, her son Will, 22, won the seat in a five-way race three days after he graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in political science, becoming the youngest person in the county elected to a school board.

At the same time, Susan was passing her political torch to Will, the two were starting a new family business, the Sanctuary Farm Brewing Company, LLC.

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