Letter: Vermont needs more advocates like Stuart

Editor of the Reformer:

I've known Valerie Stuart for over two decades. Our daughters grew up together in Brattleboro. She raised two thoughtful and successful children, who were taught the values of service, respectful social engagement and discourse, a strong work ethic, and a pride in their Vermont upbringing.

As a former employee of Youth Services, Valerie not only dedicated her life to raising her children and instilling a strong value system, she extended that same care to working for the youth of Vermont. As a former member of the House Education Committee, Valerie advocated for the free breakfast program, dual enrollment, and in my opinion one of the most important pieces of legislation, the flexible pathways initiative (Act 77). Flexible pathways promotes opportunities for our students to achieve postsecondary readiness through educational experiences that acknowledge individual goals, learning styles, and abilities; and increase the rates of secondary school completion and postsecondary continuation in Vermont.

Her energy, experience, passion, dedication to the environment, and focus on investing in Vermont' strong economic future have won her honors from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. She believes in a livable wage and building our renewable energy sector, one of the fastest per capita growth sectors nationally. I support eight-year veteran West Brattleboro State Representative Valerie Stuart as she seeks re-election. We need experienced legislators who have a history of dedication to improving the lives of Vermonters young and old, whether it is through the establishment of groundbreaking education legislation or her four years of work on the House Commerce Committee. Please cast your vote for Valerie on August 14 and in the general election in November. Encourage your family and friends to do so as well. Vermont needs more advocates on the right side of the issues like Valerie.


Steve Tavella

Brattleboro, Aug. 10


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