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To the Editor:

With the election over and votes counted in Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland, we are honored to have won the general election.

Thanks to the many volunteers who wrote letters to the editor, waved signs, made phone calls, addressed postcards and wrote notes on our behalf.

We’re excited to serve Bennington-4 in the Vermont House of Representatives during the upcoming biennium. Some voted for us; some did not. That no longer matters. It’s our job to represent everyone who lives in all four towns, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We take equally seriously our promise to work effectively with each other, with our fellow legislators, with community leaders and residents across Bennington County, and with our constituents to help our region to not only recover from the pandemic but to thrive.

The next two years will be hard, and the legislature will need to make difficult choices. Our first priority will be to do everything we can to help the people and small businesses that are struggling.

In the statehouse we will fight for funding and for assistance, and we will do our best to serve as a conduit and a catalyst for creative solutions here at home.

At the same time, we need to lay the groundwork for a vibrant economic future. To that end, over the next 12 to 18 months, we will host a series of public forums — on Zoom at first — to discuss the key pillars that are vital to our economic success, including broadband, childcare, housing, workforce development, education, and the climate economy. At each forum, we’ll invite local leaders, legislators and community members to discuss challenges and solutions, with time for a public Q&A.

Look for information about this series in the local newspapers and on social media.

Rep. Cynthia Browning dedicated many years to the legislature as a hard-working, smart, outspoken and dedicated public servant. She deserves our gratitude.

We are committed to dialogue and communication and to staying in close touch with our constituents. We’ll be starting up our face-to-face coffee hours as soon as it’s safe.

In the meantime, follow us on Facebook (@KathleenJamesVTStateRepresentative, @Seth Bongartz For VT State Representative), check out our Websites (kathjamesforstaterep.com, seth4house.com), and sign up for our mailing lists at our websites. Email us anytime: KJames@leg.state.vt.us,

sethbongartz4staterep@gmail.com).

We are ready to get to work.

Rep. Kathleen James &

Seth Bongartz, Rep.-Elect,

Manchester


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