Julie Belaga, who served Westport in local, state and federal positions over a long political career, has been named to received the Westport-Weston AARP Chapter's Senior Star of the Year award, the chapter announced.

Belaga, a onetime gubernatorial candidate who remains active in environmental issues, will receive the fifth annual award at a luncheon planned Monday, Dec. 12, at the the Red Barn Restaurant, the chapter said in a news release.

The local AARP chapter presents the award to a Fairfield County resident who exemplifies a senior who has remained active as a lifetime contributor. Belaga remains active in statewide environmental issues and local issues.

A Westport resident, Belaga served as a local RTM member and as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. She was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1976 and represented Westport for 10 years, building a reputation as a champion of the environment.

Belaga won the 1986 Republican nomination for governor but lost the election to incumbent Democrat William A. O'Neill.

She was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 as the regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency, with oversight of the six New England states.

Belaga later was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a member of the board of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. She was its chief operating officer and led the bank's efforts to increase financing for U.S. firms that export products and services that benefit the global environment, the AARP chapter said.

The luncheon honoring Belaga is open to the public, but reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

For reservations or more information, call 203-226-2564.