Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Jerome deserves another House term

I remember the first time I met House Representative Stephanie Jerome. She knocked on my front door and handed me a flyer announcing her candidacy. We spoke for just a moment, as I was heading out for an appointment, but I recall thinking, what a nice, down-to-earth woman. Though not a politically active person, I could see myself voting for her. 
Fast forward two years. The pandemic closed my place of business, and that of so many others, and took our livelihoods with it.
Until then I had never signed up for unemployment. My attempts to file online with the Dept. of Labor were unsuccessful and frustrating, as were the multiple attempts to reach someone by phone.
My husband suggested I contact our local state representative for assistance and he looked up her contact info.
Prior to this I had never contacted an elected official. It felt a bit daunting and out of my comfort zone. But I was feeling desperate about my situation so I sent Stephanie an email requesting any help she might be able to offer.
Much to my surprise her response was immediate and most helpful, as she provided me with a link that actually went through, allowing me to complete my application for unemployment. She followed up by email to see how things were going.
Now, six months later, Stephanie continues to send me (and others) helpful information about what is available to help navigate through this pandemic.
Thanks Stephanie. For all that you do. And yes, you have my vote for re-election.
Jaclynne Wootten
Brandon

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