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Editor of the Reformer,

Guilford and Vernon voters, please join me in voting for Sara Coffey to represent us in the Vermont State Legislature. I am so excited that Sara made the decision to run and then threw all her considerable energy and talent into the race. I have known Sara since she first moved to Guilford in 2006 and I have been so impressed by the enthusiasm and hard work she has brought to all that she's done for Guilford. She not only brought the Vermont Performance Lab to town but also became a key volunteer for the Grange — putting in hard work on the 250th Birthday Committee in 2011. Has she served at every Sugar on Snow Supper since she moved to town? I think so. Now she's leading the newly formed Broad Brook Community Center as they work to revitalize and transform the Grange into a renewed and accessible building.

I am especially grateful for Sara's efforts to get the Vermont Council on Rural Development to choose Guilford for a Community Visit. One cold January night in 2012, she brought Paul Costello to the Selectboard to pitch this idea to the assembled gathering. The roads were icy that night and so was the reception that this idea received. But Sara persevered, explained, and helped everyone understand the value of this program. In the fall of 2013 we had an incredibly successful Community Visit. The experience was transformative for Guilford — and the ideas identified have become actions.

Sara has brought hard work and positive energy to all she has done for our town. I know she will bring her work ethic, strong listening skills, and positive energy to the Vermont legislature as she represents and advocates for both Guilford and Vernon in Montpelier.

Anne Rider

Guilford, Oct. 12