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Editor of the Reformer,

One of the great things about our American political process is that it brings forth exceptional individuals willing to serve their communities. Such is the case with Sara Coffey who has stepped forward to run as State Representative for Windham-1, serving the residents of Vernon and Guilford. I first met Sara years ago when we were volunteering at the Broad Brook Grange's sugar-on-snow supper. Since then I have observed her engagement in many community programs, including her leading role in establishing the Broad Brook Community Center. I have spent a career evaluating individuals for leadership, creativity, and character. From that perspective, Sara is the best qualified candidate to represent our corner of Vermont.

Sara brings a track record of accomplishments to her run for office. While successfully managing a thriving non-profit, she has been instrumental in developing an arts-based economy in our region. She fully understands the potential for collaboration between businesses and the communities they serve. Continued economic development in Windham County is critical. We need a representative who has an understanding of the challenges and the demonstrated ability to produce results.

In addition to having a proven record, Sara genuinely cares about the individuals in our communities. She actively seeks to understand the needs of the diverse groups that make up our two towns. As a combat veteran, I was impressed when Sara contacted me to discuss the concerns of veterans in our area. Whether the focus is veterans, working families, farmers, or school children, Sara will do her homework to understand the issues of our communities.

Finally, Sara has a vision for helping Vernon and Guilford move forward. While understanding the practicalities our rural towns face, she has a gift for seeing the possibilities. She is exceptionally good at connecting people and ideas to achieve results.

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With experience, character, and vision, Sara is the individual that Vernon and Guilford need representing us in Montpelier. When it is time to vote, I ask the residents of Windham-1 to join me in marking Sara Coffey's name on their ballots.

John Hagen

Guilford, Oct. 9