Who am I?
A Chittenden County resident since 1976, I have spent her career in public service as a policy advocate and a lawyer. My experience combines an understanding of a broad range of public policy issues with the fiscal realities facing Vermont.
I began mycareer with Vermont Legal Aid as an attorney for people with disabilities and an advocate for disability rights at the Vermont legislature. I elected to the Vermont House in 1986, where I served seven terms and held many leadership roles. After leaving the legislature in 2000, she worked as an advocate for small business, higher education and public safety.
I was elected to the Senate in 2010.
I am married and have two grown sons.
Why am I running?
I am running for re-election to the Vermont Senate in order to continue the work on the issues that are important to me and also to the citizens who I represent.
I have served on the two Senate committee with the jurisdiction over health care and financing and insurance and have played a critical role on the path to single payer health care. This work is far from over, and I want to be in the Senate to ensure that all Vermonters have access to affordable care. The federal ACA is an important factor in our legislation, but also has the potential to leave gaps in coverage and affordability. I want to be able to shape our policies to avoid any potential loss in access as we transition to the Exchange.
I also have spent my career as an advocate for children, families, seniors,and people with disablities. I have also fought hard for a sensible juvenile justice system, and restorative justice programs.
The Vermont Senate is a small group of people whose collective expertise make state policy. My experience and knowledge are an important element in that mix.
This is not my first year in office. However, my top two goals are:
affordable,accessible health care and
state budget that provides services to vulnerable Vermonters
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
I have been endorsed by the Vermont NEA, AFT, Nurses, Planned Parenthood, and Vermont State Employees.
I have volunteers and friends who are helping me by placing signs, writing letters, and waving on street corners. I have a very low key campaign, because I have had some health issues, which limit my ability.