By Matthew McCully – The political arena is very different from the one two-time Olympic speed skating bronze medalist Isabelle Charest is used to. After her first few months in office as Member of the National Assembly for Brome-Missisquoi and Minister for Education, Charest said things are going well. “The first weeks were very busy,” she said, as she assembled her team and got a first look at all of the files. “I’m very satisfied. I put together a very solid team,” she said. Charest has also been busy meeting with the citizens in her riding. “They are anxious to know what the new government has to offer.” When asked if there were any surprises in her first three months in office, Charest said there were a few files with requests pending that needed to be addressed, but nothing problematic. Charest, a member of Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), won the riding, previously held for 36 years by Liberal Party member Pierre Paradis. Since Paradis had spent his last year in office on medical leave, The Record asked if Charest was busy playing catch-up. According to Charest, the riding was still in good hands despite Paradis’ convalescence. His team was readily available to continue to serve the constituents. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 25 edition of The Record.