Sheila Cheimets; broke barrier to join Canton selectmen
When Sheila Cheimets was campaigning for the Canton Board of Selectmen in 1972, one man shook her hand, wished her luck and flatly told her he would not vote for her because she was a woman. “It thought it was strange,’’ she told the Globe in a 1974 interview. “I can’t imagine a woman saying anything like that to a man.’’ Mrs. Cheimets won the race, becoming the first woman to serve on the board. Mrs. Cheimets died Oct. 30. She was 75.