Opinion: Smiley has right qualities to make a good legislator

I am happy to write to you about Susan Smiley. Susan is a candidate for state representative for New Haven, Bridport and Weybridge.
I met Susan when we both had kids in school and I liked her right away. She was smart, funny, honest, friendly and generous and she adored her family. She grew organic vegetables, milk, beef, flowers and homemade yogurt on their River Road farm that she sold to markets and delivered to your door.
As her kids grew, Susan worked in businesses and programs promoting organic farming, services for farm workers, energy, wild land and animals, family farms, health care, and best business and farming practices. I love her goals: to “unlock Vermont’s economic development potential”; to promote “strong connections between families and schools” and “school governance policies with proven cost savings.” She is in favor of fully funding renewable energy and weatherization.
She has all the qualities a good representative needs: intelligence, a cooperative spirit and goodwill, experience and knowledge. She seeks out, listens to and learns from everyone she talks to. She’s inclusive and respectful, and a lovely person.
We are very fortunate to be able to vote for Susan Smiley this November.
Anna Rose Benson

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