Letter to the editor: Senate candidate deserves support

I am writing in support of the candidacy of Ruth Hardy for the Vermont Senate seat from Addison County. I have long been impressed with Ruth’s intelligence, energy and commitment to our community, our state, and to the important issues facing us.
I have appreciated Ruth’s service on local school boards, including as chair of the Mary Hogan School Board, co-chair of the Charter Committee, which organized the unified Addison Central School District, and then on the new ACSD Board, including leading its finance committee. I know her background working at Middlebury College’s budget office helped her bring this expertise to her work in public service.
I am grateful for her work as a grant-writer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and as director of the Addison County Open Door Clinic, providing free medical care to uninsured Vermonters.
Ruth currently serves as executive director of Emerge Vermont, which is “the state’s premier organization that recruits, trains and provides a powerful network to Democratic women who want to run for office.” Its candidate training program provides women with the skills they need to run successful political campaigns — at all levels of government. Emerge alumnae now hold seats in the Vermont House and Senate, as well as on local library and school boards.
Ruth worked hard as campaign manager for Lindsey Fuentes-George’s successful run for Middlebury selectboard, and I am thrilled that Lindsey is now a member of our town’s governing body.
Therefore, I was so pleased to learn that Ruth, herself, decided to run for higher office. She is smart, hardworking, experienced and committed to service. We couldn’t be better represented in the state Senate. I urge everyone to learn more about Ruth Hardy, and to vote for her on Election Day.
Emily Joselson

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