Opinion: Enthusiastic voter implores others to support Sheldon
I am writing in support of Amy Sheldon as one of Middlebury’s representatives in the Vermont House. I have known Amy for nearly 12 years and have always been impressed by her dedication and commitment to our community. From her early efforts as the executive director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), founding the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), to over a decade of service on our planning commission, Amy has helped shape our community in a way that makes it more accessible and sustainable for all.
From climate change to health care to economic stability, I know Amy understands the urgency in addressing these issues and the complexity of their interrelationships from the local to the global level. Amy is a great listener who genuinely wants to know how Middlebury residents have been affected by these issues and how she can advocate for us in Montpelier. Amy is also a small business owner, and I believe she represents many of us who strive to keep Vermont an economically viable place to grow our businesses and raise our families.
Finally, Amy is connected. During her campaign so far, I have been impressed by the number of people she has touched. She’s spent time with advocacy groups for women’s rights, she’s conversed with educators, she’s attended local business and board meetings, she’s been reaching out to our elderly population, she’s connected with old-time Vermonters and new residents, she’s listened to farmers and lawyers. She’s also connected with other representatives to better understand the dynamic in Montpelier and how things work.
On behalf of Amy, I encourage you to help send her to Montpelier for Middlebury. She knows what she’s getting herself into, and she is energized and excited to have an opportunity to serve this community at the state level.
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