Letter: Support for Valerie Stuart

Editor of the Reformer,

I've known Valerie Stuart, candidate for Vermont State representative, as a warm and friendly neighbor since I moved to Brattleboro in 2001. Later in my work as a social worker, I relied on Valerie's assistance in an urgent situation that involved long term care medicaid and health care.

Valerie's skills as a networker were incredibly valuable. She provided contact information - that same day—for the key people I needed to speak with in the Agency of Human Services. With her prompt and knowledgeable assistance I was able to navigate a complex system efficiently and effectively for the benefit of a frail and elderly patient.

Additionally, Valerie reached out to myself and my husband when legislation was being written involving Airbnb and how to fairly integrate this sharing economy technology into Vermont's tourism industry.

We hadn't been aware that this was in the works and we appreciated her recognition that this might interest us as well as her foresight in offering us an opportunity to shape legislation that would effect us.

Valerie has proven herself dedicated to improving the lives of her constituents and by extension all Vermonters. She is responsive, available and willing to advocate vocally for the residents in her district and Vermont. I look forward to enthusiastically supporting Valerie Stuart for her fifth term.

Megan Hawthorne

Brattleboro, July 8


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