This political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades but at the local level, things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running for reelection to represent us in the Vermont House, Lori Houghton.

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Recent periodicals have highlighted the unfairness to Chittenden County voters of having primaries with a dozen or more candidates. It turns the race into a name recognition contest rather one on the merits. That is why Senator Sirotkin introduced a constitutional amendment and successful le…

When my friend Patrick Murray asked me if I would be the Treasurer for his political campaign I was honored, but also nervous. I have never been the Treasurer for anything like that. I was not even sure where to begin. But he pointed me in the direction I needed to go to find the answers I n…

The coronavirus has upended the way we learn about candidates running for office. We’re limited in being able to talk to them directly. There are no crowds, which subtract from the energy. Most Vermonters are singularly focused on surviving; parsing through a candidate’s positions takes a se…

I support Marybeth Redmond for reelection because she has been a fair and responsible voice as our representative in the Legislature. She is willing to work across the aisle to get things done and she extremely ethical. I have full confidence that she will accurately represent her district i…

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We hear you saying our responses to racial justice are inadequate. We hear you telling us that we need to improve what we do. We know we have a lot of work to do. We need to listen to you now, and in the long-term.

As Lake Champlain is home to countless fish, it is important to realize that they are deserving of humane consideration. Over the past decade, a large body of scientific evidence has proven that fish feel pain, and research suggests that fish even experience emotions. A study that highlights…

In the 1960s, the Canadian government inaugurated a monthly quota system for its dairy farmers and today those farmers say that if it weren’t for the supply management system the dairy industry in Canada would not exist.

When campaigning on the issues does not work for a candidate, step two is to discredit the opposition. That is the step Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe has taken with Molly Gray, his most serious rival in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

In 2008, Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a program called “Foresters for the Birds.” The idea of this program was that, while there is a lot to love about Vermont’s forests – from the way they make our state so beautiful, clean …

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Brenda Siegel for Lieutenant Governor in our upcoming primary. As fellow activists Brenda and I have worked side by side on the economic justice issues of livable wages and paid family and medical leave for working Vermonters, on universal …

I'm glad to see a cautious approach while Vermont reopens schools. Many have in Europe without disabling consequence. We need to put our fears in context. Our fears are real and I don't dismiss them out of hand. But every year we are forced to inoculate our school children because of the gre…

The anonymous, hateful, inaccurate door hangers distributed in Essex legislative district 8-1, comprised of most of the town outside the village, reflect solely on the character of those responsible.

I first met Lori Houghton in 2011, when we both were active volunteers in the community. We were part of the Heart & Soul of Essex project. Lori and I were part of a core team that worked hard to engage over 1,000 diverse residents from throughout the town to listen and learn together ab…

In mid-July the state of Vermont issued the guidance our school boards were to follow as they cobbled together plans to start the 2020-2021 school year. The guidance was not prescriptive; like the flippers on a pin ball machine, it was meant to keep things centered, with no one going off kil…

I’m writing in strong support of Tim Ashe’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Tim has dedicated his career to public service, at both the local and the state levels. He served on the Burlington City Council. For the past 12 years, he has served in the Vermont Senate, with the last 4 years a…

I am writing this letter to whole heartedly endorse Tanya Vyhovsky to be our state representative. With both Essex Mutual Aid and Rights &Democracy Vermont, I have had ample opportunity to see Tanya in action advocating for her community. She is the kind of leader who leads by lifting up…

As many of you may know the Vermont state primaries are coming up on August 11th, and this year they look a little different. Although this year's primary will take place mostly via absentee ballot this year's election is still vitally important. As we deal with the aftermath of Covid-19 as …

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to endorse the candidacy of Patrick Murray for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the Chittenden 8-2 district (Essex Junction). I have known Pat for about 14 years. We first met during our involvement in a community theater troup…

The August 11th Primary Election is just weeks away, and this year we have the opportunity to re-elect State Representative Lori Houghton as our voice in Montpelier. I am proud to support Lori’s re-election and hope you will join me when you cast your ballot.

As an independent contractor I saw my income fall to zero in the span of a few days during this pandemic. Lori Houghton has been instrumental in helping me navigate the stressful, frustrating, complex system(s) of the Vermont DOL and PUA Unemployment.

I am writing today in support of Patrick Murray for House if Representatives. Patrick and I first met while leading a local theater non profit group, one that he ensured gave back directly to our community! When you run a non profit theatrical show it takes countless hours of dedication, and…

In the August 11 primaries, on whichever party ballot you choose, I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul.

When I am deciding about a candidate what matters most to me is not how they would vote on the “important” topic of the day - what matters most to me are their values. As the legislature votes on hundreds of items every two years I want to know what values a legislator relies on to make deci…

I’m supporting Tim Ashe for Lt. Governor in the Democratic Primary because in times like these experience and proven leadership matter more than ever. During the four years that Tim has led the Senate he’s shown the qualities that will make him a great Lt. Governor.

I feel like we are being controlled by the sum of our virtual realities. I grew up in an era where we marched against an undeclared, unjust Vietnam war. I saw and heard how song could influence political change through folk singers like Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. The Pentagon papers…

Essex voters are really fortunate to have Brian Shelden and Marybeth Redmond as candidates for the VT House of Representatives in the August 11 primary. Marybeth brings experienced leadership to the human, judicial, and social service Issues we face. Brian will bring his expertise in tech, b…

I am writing to endorse Pat Murray for the Vermont House of Representatives. I served alongside Pat as a student representative on the Essex Westford School Board. In two years, he taught me the values of community engagement and demonstrated what outstanding leadership can do, not only for …

I'd like to share why I am supporting Brenda Siegel to become our next Lieutenant Governor of Vermont: a decision I came to after hearing her speak, researching her stand on policies and noting that she embraces similar progressive values as mine. What distinguishes her from other candidates…

It is my pleasure to recommend Patrick Murray for one of the two seats up for election to the Vermont House of Representatives for the Chittenden 8-2 district. I have worked with Patrick for the past three years on the Essex Westford School District Board and I believe he has the qualities t…

I grew up in Essex Jct, where my parents and a few of us six Halpin siblings still live. After school, marriage & starting a family, I ended up back in Essex with our home in the Essex 8-1 district. Essex has been my community for most of my life and now our kids get to grow up here, too…

As fellow Essex Junction residents, I have had several opportunities to get to know Karen Dolan in different capacities. I am writing to endorse Karen’s bid for State Representative. I often wonder where she finds the time to give so much of herself to her community, her employer and family.…

I have known Lori Houghton and her family for over 7 years. I remember when I first met Lori and how easy it was to talk with her. We shared stories about our families and what we loved about the Essex community. Later, our boys played on the same baseball team and I had the opportunity to g…

I am supporting Karen Dolan for State Representative this year and want to encourage my fellow Essex Junction residents to do the same. I know Karen from her work at the Essex Community Justice Center, and can say without reservation that she is exactly the kind of person that we need in the…

I'm writing in as an Essex Junction resident to endorse Selectperson Patrick Murray in his campaign for the democratic primary in Chittenden 8-2. I've known Pat personally and professionally for over a decade and in that time he's always been both a problem solver and a diplomat when it come…

During this past Fourth of July weekend many people were posting on social media that the Fourth of July should not be celebrated because slavery was practiced when the Declaration of Independence was written. To further support their assertion, they used an excerpt of Frederick Douglass’ ke…

I am writing to endorse Patrick Murray’s candidacy for the Vermont House in the upcoming primary. I spent a year working alongside Patrick during my 12-year tenure on the Essex Selectboard. I can speak firsthand to the amount of work, knowledge, and focus needed to do this job well; Patrick …

Sophie Zdatny was named chancellor of the Vermont State College system on Monday. She has been in the role as in interim chancellor since April. She had been VSC’s general counsel and is regarded as someone who is a talented collaborator, a strong negotiator and someone committed to a sound …

I have had the privilege of knowing Karen for the past 6 years, both as a parent, friend and recently working for her facilitating Safe Driving Classes through the Essex Community Justice Center.

On August 11 voters across Vermont will go to the polls to select candidates to run in the November General Election, with early mail-in voting beginning on June 29. If you take a Democratic ballot and you vote in Chittenden 8-1, please consider voting for incumbent Marybeth Redmond and Bria…

Lori has been a phenomenal representative for Essex Junction and has earned our support for another term in Montpelier. She quickly mastered the complexities of our very complicated health care system in her committee work and is dedicated to quality health care for all. As a businessperson …

I’ve lived in Essex Junction since 2012. I’ve gotten to know Karen through a variety of ways: an effort involving racial justice in Essex, through Essex Resists, through Voices for Education in Essex/Westford, and through her setting up a voter registration table at one of the Five Corners’ …