Letter: Support Bos-Lun for Windham-4

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Editor of the Reformer:

I have known Michelle Bos-Lun for well over a decade and, based on my many experiences of her, I strongly support her in her upcoming run for a Windham-4 District state representative seat. I met Michelle through her work with local youth who were threatened with homelessness. Michelle has decades of experience addressing issues of unequal privilege at an individual and group level, on the streets, in classrooms and at the level of agency board participation. Michelle is versed in this work both locally and internationally. This varied experience has honed her ability to understand and address social and political issues that range from the very personal and practical to the broader context of larger system organizations. She and her husband Ron, a long time teacher at the Compass School in Westminster, have invested much of their life to education and social services, providing Michelle with an understanding that will serve Vermont as our state determines how to organize its educational and mental health systems. It is clear to me that Michelle is passionate about equity and access for all people in our state. She is also a steadfast and patient communicator, bringing equanimity to conversations she joins.

When I heard that Nadir Hashim would not be running for office this election cycle I was troubled. His concern for people's circumstances in the specific, his willingness to look deeper at social issues and inclination to communicate regularly with his electorate seemed irreplaceable. However, I am no longer ill at ease. Michelle Bos-Lun is a perfect next step for this open seat in the Vermont Legislature. As a state representative, Michelle will offer energy, thoughtfulness and an even greater degree of maturity and life experience. Voting for her in the upcoming election will ensure that we have a state representative who brings clarity to important social issues and who can collaborate with balance, openness and longevity. I know that as our next representative of Windham District-4, Michelle will shine.

Asher Pucciarello

Westminster West, May 18

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