I support Sibilia
Editor of the Reformer:
Even though it is hot and humid and not many people at this time of year think about elections we will soon be asked to go to the polls to vote in the Vermont primary election.
Although because she is running as an independent and therefore does not appear on any primary ballot I thought it would be a good time to write a letter to support re-electing Laura Sibilia as our representative for Bennington/Windham 1.
I have had the honor of working closely with Laura on the Dover School Board for over 10 years. Laura has always been good at listening to all sides of an issue before making an informed decision. Laura has been at the forefront of many educational issues by working closely with our Board, the selectboard and our neighboring Rep. Ann Manwaring. Before we elected her as our State Representative in the last election, Laura was in Montpelier working to prevent bad things from happening to our area schools almost as often as many representatives.
Laura has proven to also be an asset that understands the business community both in her current position working on the southern Vermont economy with BDCC as well as her former position as the Executive Director of the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. Laura has always been concerned about the workforce, jobs and quality of employment opportunities in our area.
I believe that her previous experiences helped her hit the ground running in Montpelier where one of her first actions was to reduce the amount of proposed increases in state government fees that restaurants pay and where she fought to make sure that people in Montpelier knew that many towns still don't have broadband even though millions of dollars of federal stimulus money to provide broadband to all of our towns has been spent.
Sending Laura back to Montpelier for another two year term can only benefit not only everyone in Searsburg; Dover; Wardsboro; Readsboro; Stamford and a portion of Whitingham but the entire State of Vermont.
Please join me in voting for Laura Sibilia for State Representative Bennington/Windham 1.
Richard Werner, Dover, Aug. 1