Letter: Vote for Mollie Burke

Vote for Mollie Burke

Editor of the Reformer

I am writing in support of Mollie Burke for State Rep for Brattleboro District Two. I have known and appreciated Mollie as a friend for 40 years. Mollie is a deep, clear and careful thinker, problem solver, innovator, team builder and community member. She has been an advocate for families and children ever since she moved to Brattleboro in 1970. She is the founder, executive director and lead teacher of "Art In The Neighborhood," a non-profit organization that provides year-round tuition-free arts classes to youth in Brattleboro's low-income neighborhoods. The program also employs local artists as instructors, which provides job opportunities for area arts professionals. As the founder of New England Youth Theater, I know how life transforming and esteem empowering the creation of art is for children. Mollie gets that, lives that, and makes it happen for child after child in Brattleboro. In addition, Mollie's legislative effort to make bicycle riding safer in Vermont has benefited me as a bike rider.

In the State Legislature during the past 8 years, Mollie has co-chaired the Legislative Women's Caucus, which focuses on improving economic circumstances for Vermont women and on advocating alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent female offenders. She has committed herself to preserving Vermont's stellar environment by being an active member of the Legislative Climate Caucus. She supports the Climate Change Economy Initiative, a competitive strategy for promoting innovative economic development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Bernie Sanders writes of Mollie, "Mollie has done an excellent job in Montpelier standing up for working families and common sense government. I am pleased to support her re-election effort." I completely agree with Bernie; Mollie is the best person for the job of District Two State Representative. I urge you to join me in voting for Mollie.

Stephen Stearns, Brattleboro, Sept. 18


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