Sullivan announces statehouse candidacy


DORSET >> Linda Joy Sullivan, a resident of Dorset, has announced that she has officially filed to become a candidate for election to the Vermont House of Representatives serving the Bennington-Rutland District which includes the towns of Dorset, Danby, Mt. Tabor, Peru and Landgrove.

She has collected over 130 signatures from registered voters in the district, qualifying her to be named on the ballot during the state Democratic Party primary on Aug. 9, she stated in a statement released Tuesday, April 26.

"People in our community have been very generous, welcoming and enthusiastic in their support of me," Sullivan commented. "During the many conversations I had with people as I walked the five towns that make up the district, I found that there is a tremendous appetite for discussion about how we can better meet the unique needs of this District."

Sullivan owns a PCAOB-certified public auditing and forensic accounting firm, and is a Vermont licensed CPA. She has well over 30 years' experience owning and operating businesses.

She is the co-founder and executive director of a Vermont not-for-profit organization that has assisted over 3,000 victims of human trafficking located in more than 24 states and in over eight countries. The organization, Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking (or B.E.S.T.) works primarily with exploited victims of human traffickers who have been left on their own to

navigate the court systems, usually after they have become the subject of law enforcement activities. B.E.S.T. works to pair trafficking victims individually with lawyers and certified human trafficking life coaches specially trained by B.E.S.T. to assist victims in resolving their issues with the courts and law enforcement.

She has trained hundreds of lawyers and judges in, among other things, developing tools to distinguish between true victims of exploitation schemes from those who have embraced illegal activities as part of their lifestyle. B.E.S.T. provides support teams to those men and women, and often boys and girls, who are genuine victims of human traffickers.

Sullivan has served as an educator. Protecting and nurturing the well-being of children and families are her passion. She was appointed by the Governor of Vermont to the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs, where she today continues to serve as a member of the council's executive committee and chairwoman of its jurisdiction committee.

"Listening and talking to people, one-on-one, is one of the things I do best – and I believe that is one of the most important skills a legislator can have," said Sullivan. "I really want to hear what disturbs the people most in this district. . . and what they aspire to. I do not come to this campaign with any pre-set political agenda. I am looking only to serve and speak for others as

their voice."

Patti Komline, a Republican, who has represented the District in the Vermont House of Representatives, announced last week that she will not stand for re-election.

Further information about Linda Sullivan can be found at

She can be reached for further comment at or by telephone at 802-768-8668.


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