Though I am not a voting member in the Dover-Readsboro-Stamford-Halifax-Wardsboro district I have the privilege of expressing my support for Laura Sibilia as the next state representative for these Vermonters.
I have been fortunate to know Laura as a friend and as an associate as we continue to work in the state legislature to protect the interests of small schools and rural communities. What has impressed me most about Laura is her natural talent to be a strong, outspoken advocate for all Valley towns and schools. I have spent numerous occasions walking the halls of the capital building with her while the legislature was in session. She has a remarkable ability to connect with our legislators and clearly present the issues facing our residents.
I recall one occasion when a powerful senate leader passed by and squawked at her with amusement about a legislative proposal on economic development which she was lobbying for. He commented that it didn’t have much of a chance. She smiled, and joked back with the Senator, inviting him to look at how the proposal was a benefit to all towns in the area and this was a vital issue that effected all of Southern Vermont. With some back and forth points on the matter, he left amused and with appreciation for the proposal. I just looked at her and said, “so, when are you running for state representative.” She was just a natural for this type of work. Having been exposed to the legislative world, I have really begun to understand what it takes to be an effective legislator–a far more difficult job than most people would think.
It takes incredible energy, persistence and an innate drive to do not what seems good, but what is right. Laura Sibilia has these qualities including a sensible pragmatism that knows the limits and place of state regulations–where they are effective and where they are not.
To those of you who have the choice to vote for Laura Sibilia, I can honestly say that she is one of the best representatives to have fighting for the interests of your district and of Southern Vermont.