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Letter to the editor: Running for office has inspired me

Thank you to the voters of Addison County, Buel’s Gore and Huntington for your overwhelming support last week to elect me as your newest state senator. I look forward to working hard to serve the people of Vermont with intelligence, integrity and spirit.
The contest for the Addison senate seats was lively, and I’m grateful to the other candidates in the race who helped keep the conversation focused on issues important to Vermonters. Civil democratic engagement and competition helps candidates and public officials learn and grow. I will be a stronger senator as a result.
Nobody runs for office alone; our campaign was an incredible team effort. Thank you to the hundreds of people who supported the campaign in big and small ways. You offered words of encouragement and advice, and gave time, money, expertise, and endorsements to help me come out on top.
Over the past six months I have traveled thousands of miles and met hundreds of people around our senate district. I have been moved by your stories and inspired by your ideas. I have fallen in love with the towns and the people I will now represent.
Thank you for inviting me into your homes and sharing your lives with me. I am honored you have put your trust in me. I promise to do my best to be a compassionate and effective state senator for the people of our district.
Ruth Hardy
East Middlebury

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