Letter: Strong support for James

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To the Editor:I am writing in strong support of Kathleen James for state representative of the Bennington-4 district. I have known Kathleen for nearly two decades and can vouch for the many qualities she possesses that will make her such an effective public servant in Montpelier. She is down-to-earth, sharp, intellectually curious, compassionate, fair-minded, resourceful, dogged, courageous and has a great sense of humor, as well. I have been struck by the healthy importance she places on talking with and listening to people from across the political spectrum and the wide range of news sources she routinely consults.On a recent visit to Manchester, Brian Dubie and Sue Minter discussed the importance of civic engagement with BBA students. Referring to their terms in state government, they both stressed the need to be flexible and open-minded. Ms. Minter explained that when you first go to Montpelier, you mistakenly think you're there to "help your team win." Very quickly, however, you find yourself on committees with good people on either side of you who often hold considerably different perspectives from your own. You learn to value the different insights and the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with these colleagues to craft strong legislation that will serve all Vermonters and endure. When Ms. Minter described this, I immediately thought of Kathleen. She is already primed and ready to work with others to address the range of pressing issues we face.One of those issues is climate change. Kathleen not only understands what's at stake, she also grasps the urgency for action. She leaves me with no doubt that she will see things through and that she won't let a perfect plan be the enemy of a good one. She has the courage and savvy to help move the ball beyond discussion, in no small part because she knows that creating a vibrant green economy is an excellent way to keep young Vermonters in Vermont.For these reasons and many more, I hope you will give Kathleen James your full consideration.Stephanie Moffett-HyndsArlington



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