Letter: I will be on the ballot
I will be on the ballot
Editor of the Reformer:
Serving my first two years in the Vermont House has been a privilege and an honor. As an independent freshman legislator serving on the House Commerce Committee, I worked hard, every day, to forge productive relationships with my colleagues and use my experience and voice to assist our district, our neighbors, and our state. I decided to run two years ago to bring new energy and focus to the issues that matter most to our district. My accomplishments and my desire to do even more for our district has motivated me to seek a second term as your representative in Montpelier.
Some of the regulatory initiatives I led or took a shared leadership role in during my first biennium include the creation of the Southern Vermont Economic Zone, ensuring our towns along the Deerfield River had a representative to the state working group considering a purchase of thirteen TransCanada dams, requesting a federal audit of the 6-year-old VTel federal stimulus award to determine why wireless telecom services promised to tens of thousands of unserved Vermonters have yet to be received, creation of a Small Schools Caucus to ensure rural Vermont towns have a voice in changing education policy and that education cost containment measures included in Act 46 required financial restraint from schools of all sizes, and not just exclusively our smallest rural schools. And I'm proud to have worked with students and community volunteers in Wardsboro to make the Gilfeather Turnip the Vermont State Vegetable. I believe that opportunities for children to successfully engage in our political system, like the Wardsboro students have done, helps to empower and encourage future generations to negotiate and collaborate to get the things they believe in done.
Ongoing challenges that must be prioritized in the next session include better connecting our residents with existing employment and training opportunities, ensuring our health reform initiatives are functioning, sustainable and properly budgeted for. We will need to monitor the educational governance changes of Act 46 to make sure the result is the improved and equitable opportunities for all Vermont students that was envisioned and we will need to continue to push for real property tax reform measures, a priority which Act 46 lacks. In addition, we need to prioritize the establishment of a continuous assessment, development, and investment program for telecommunications for ALL Vermonters. Future opportunity for existing and new Vermonters relies on our ability to participate in a globally connected economy.
Next year will see a historical change in leadership of state government with a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tem, along with many new legislators.
I am running for reelection to a second term in the House, but since I am running as an independent, without any party affiliation (the primaries are for organized political parties), voters will not find my name on the August 9th primary ballot. Rest assured, my name will be on the November 8, General Election ballot. It is not necessary, but if you do not want to leave your primary ballot blank, you can write my name in as a show of support.
I'm grateful for the local support my campaign generated in the last election. Once again I will not be accepting support from special interest groups and because I am not affiliated with a party, I will not be receiving support from any political party. I will be running a grass-roots campaign with support from our local community, so if you want to help, please contact me.
Thank you for your support, your questions, and the knowledge you have shared with me, about issues you care about, during the past two years. As always, please be in touch with questions, comments or if I may be able to assist you in navigating our state government by email to email@example.com or cell 802-384-0233.
Rep. Laura Sibilia, Dover, Aug. 2
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