To the Editor:
Vermonters will be extremely fortunate to have Sue Minter as our next Governor – not simply because she has an impressive background and valuable skillset but because she has personal qualities that make her uniquely qualified to tackle our state's myriad challenges.
I'm a huge Sue Minter fan and supporter. Why? Because Sue has shown that she knows how to get things done right for Vermonters. As Chief Recovery Officer during Tropical Storm Irene (2011), Sue was praised for being cool under pressure, demonstrating an uncanny ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time. Her collaborative leadership skills brought people together to repair more than 500 miles of damaged road and bridges in record time. Her talents and accomplished were noticed: Colorado asked her to help with its own disaster recovery efforts after extreme flooding in 2013 and, in 2014, she represented Vermont on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
I'm also impressed by Sue's "out of the box" thinking that's grounded in a city planner's perspective. Sue is smart, and she knows that you have to take a long-range, integrated view of problems to find solutions that will really work. For example, Sue championed and implemented an innovative program – the Accelerated Bridge Program -- that sped up the replacement of damaged bridges from eight years to two years.
Sue Minter has that rare mix of state legislative and executive branch experience that's earned her endorsements from top leaders who know what it takes to govern our state. I love her upbeat, "can do" attitude – a trait that especially important in these tumultuous political times. And I value that she's devoted to community, giving back over the past 25 years in her family's hometown of Waterbury.
I'm enthusiastically supporting Sue Minter because she's the most qualified candidate for Governor. The fact that she's a woman is an added "plus" for me. Join me in voting for Sue Minter for Governor, whether you vote early (at your Town Clerk's office) or on Election Day on August 9th.
Rosalie Gross Fox