Who am I?
I was born and raised in the rural community of Orwell, Vermont. The daughter of a mail carrier and registered nurse, my three siblings and I spent much of our youth working in our grandparents family businessBuxtons General Store. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2000, I joined Governor Howard Deans gubernatorial staff and spent three years working for his administration.
When Governor Dean launched his presidential campaign, he asked me to join his senior staff as National Director of Scheduling and Advance. When the campaign ended, I and a few others stayed with the Governor and helped launch Democracy for America. After the organization became rooted, my passion for social justice led me to DC to work for the Childrens Defense Fund. During the 2006 election, I got the political itch again, and moved to Ohio to be the deputy campaign manager for Paul Hackett, who was running for U.S. Senate. When that campaign ended, I moved to Toledo and managed a successful congressional campaign for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
I returned to Vermont in 2007 to begin studying law at Vermont Law School, eventually serving as a teaching assistant for constitutional law, a Deans Fellow, and President of the class of 2010. After graduating cum laude,I ran for State Representative and passed the Vermont Bar. I defeated incumbent republican David Ainsworth by one vote in the general election, a victory that was subsequently reaffirmed by that Windsor County Superior Court, the Vermont Secretary of States Office, the Vermont Attorney Generals Office, the House Committee on Government Operations, and finally, by a unanimous vote of the General Assembly.
I currently lives in Tunbridge and work at Vermont Law School in South Royalton when the legislature isnt in session. I spend most of her free time volunteering in a number of capacities as a member of the Justice for Children Task Force, the Post-Irene Property Law Task Force, a board member of BALE, an member of the Heartland Lions Club, founder of Young Democrats of Vermont, and co-founder of Operation Revive Royalton.
Why am I running?
I am running for State Representative because I have the talent and the drive to help reunite people with our government. A legislator's job is not limited to voting on behalf of their constituents. I believe it is far more expansive. A well-functioning democracy requires an active legislator. I view my job as fostering movements by initiating verbose political conversation, identifying discrete roadblocks, and resolving disputes in an open, diplomatic way. People are apathetic about government - and I want to be a representative who recreates what it means to represent and serve. If I can help engage people and show them how to participate effectively in our own governance, I will be successful.
- Expand access to pre-K, especially in rural Vermont
- Launch a state supported program to minimize education debt (e.g. providing loans at even lower interest rates, a tiered loan forgiveness program, and repayment options that keep graduates on the path to successful service to our community.)
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
All of my supporters are fantastic volunteers - spending countless hours helping me canvass, put up signs, and send letters to the editor. This weekend alone, I had TEN people helping me knock on doors!!
I am most proud of my approach to re-election this time. I have drafted a survey on the top 8 issues the legislature is likely to address next session. My campaign is focused much less on what I think - and far more on what the PEOPLE think their government should do for them. Soliciting this type of feedback and discussion helps give people a voice. It's proving to be highly effective and the response rate is much higher than I expected. As it turns out, the people DO want their opinions known.