Letter: James makes case for election

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To the Editor:

My name is Kathleen James, and I'm running to represent Bennington-4 (Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate) in the Vermont House of Representatives.

I'm running for office because I love the Northshire and the way of life that it represents. I believe in community—in taking care of our families, friends and neighbors. I believe in finding common ground and being open-minded. I believe in fair solutions that help people and move us forward together. And I believe everyone deserves equal access to affordable healthcare, affordable housing, high-quality education and childcare, family-supporting jobs, and clean air, land and water.

I've lived in Manchester since 1996. During that time, I've raised two daughters as a full-time working mom and invested time and energy as a volunteer for many boards, fundraisers and events. Like many Northshire residents, I've scrambled to make a living here—I've co-owned a small publishing company, worked for a college and several nonprofits, and paid the bills as a self-employed writer and editor.

In each of these jobs, the common focus has been communication. That's what sets me apart as a candidate, and that's where you come in.

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One of my central campaign promises is focused squarely on the residents of Bennington-4 and your right to know how your legislators are voting in Montpelier. You shouldn't have to scour the Internet or dig into a database to find out.

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If elected, I promise to (1) hold regular office hours all across our district, (2) publish an e-newsletter for any constituent who would like to receive it, (3) post those e-newsletters promptly to my website, and (4) submit regular legislative updates to the local papers.

You won't wonder how I'm voting. You'll know.

I also promise to listen to you and to seek out different viewpoints. Though I'm a Democrat, I grew up in a Republican family, and I was raised to respect people and ideas from all parties. I believe that multi-party solutions, forged from research, conversation and reasonable compromise, are the best path to lasting progress.

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As your representative in Montpelier, I can't promise that we'll agree on every issue. But I can promise that I will do my homework, that I will respond to your questions and requests, and that I will work hard to represent all of us in the statehouse.

I'll be knocking doors all across the district between now and November 6, and I look forward to meeting you. To learn more, go to my Website: https://kathjamesforstaterep.com/.

Kathleen James



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