From 1982 through April 2007 (retirement), Scott Deshefy served the
citizens of Connecticut as a supervisory environmental analyst in the
CT Dept. of Environmental Protection. In that capacity as state
official, Scott developed and supervised enforcement and environmental
clean-up programs involving underground storage of petroleum and other
hazardous chemicals as well as the monitoring and regulation of
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic chemicals, including
asbestos. Deshefy additionally served as scientific support coordinator
during environmental emergencies, including chemical releases to Long
Island Sound and estuarine environments.
On December 27, 2007, Scott became the first Green Party candidate
in history to declare his candidacy for the U.S. House of
Representatives in the 2nd Connecticut Congressional District. In
Norwich, Connecticut, on April 12, 2008, by unanimous decision of the
first 2nd CD Green Party nominating convention in history, G. Scott
Deshefy became the Green Party's first nominee to run for the
congressional seat of the 2nd Connecticut congressional district.
A lifelong resident of eastern Connecticut and native son of
Uncasville, Scott Deshefy graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology
and minoring in literature while a recipient of state and collegiate
academic scholarships and student loans. Also conducting graduate
studies in biological sciences at the University of Montana, UCONN and
Southern CT State University, Scott completed his MS in zoology at
Clemson University in 1978 as well as four years of doctoral work with
emphasis in behavioral-ecology. Under a Clemson University graduate
teaching assistantship and as part-time lecturer at Middlesex Community
College (Middletown, CT), Scott Deshefy has taught general biology,
vertebrate zoology, human anatomy and physiology, environmental
science, astronomy and geology. He was a nominee for a Dansforth
Fellowship in 1982.
During breaks in collegiate studies, Scott has worked at the U.S.
Submarine Base in Groton, CT and as a cutter-packer for the Dow
Chemical Corporation, Allyn's Point, Gales Ferry, CT. He worked at
General Dynamic Electric Boat (Groton, CT) from 1973-75 as a shipfitter
and radiation control monitor, receiving high security clearances for
his work with reactors on nuclear submarines as part of RADCON.
Scott also has worked his way through college as a landscaper,
cemetery maintainer/gravedigger, and restaurant cook.
Deshefy has written and edited three books of poetry. He has been a
poetry award recipient from the "Hartford Advocate," a nominee for CT
poet laureate, and he has published articles in various scientific
journals, including "Animal Behaviour." Scott also can be heard on
Tuesday Evening Classics "Heroic Overtures" every first and third
Tuesday of the month (4pm-8pm) at 91.3 FM (WWUH, West Hartford),
wwuh.org, and 89.9 FM (WAPJ, Torrington). Scott has been part of the
voluntary UH (University of Hartford) radio team for ten years, helping
to provide some of the best in community service/public alternative
radio programming on your FM or real audio internet dials.
Scott and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 31 years and take great pride in their teenage daughter, Alea.