In politics, there are two types of candidates: those who run to win and those who run to work. Over the last 16 years, Vermonters have been lucky to have a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives who knows the real goal of running isn’t winning but working every day on behalf of Vermonters.

I dreamt an alligator ate my dog whole. When I told my husband about my nightmare, he thought it was all about vulnerability. Or, more accurately, fear of vulnerability.

Every commencement season Poor Elijah waits in vain for an invitation to address a graduating class. In the meantime, he contents himself with delivering his remarks on my porch.

The overarching reason I’ve decided to run for Senate is because my years of experience in Africa have taught me that the democratic process thrives with healthy competition.

Teaching other people’s children is a weighty responsibility. Teachers are trustees. The children in my classroom aren’t mine to mold the way I want them. I’m uncomfortable advocating an opinion their parents wouldn’t want them to hold.

In this very difficult time for our country and the world, I am running for Congress in the Democratic primary to replace Rep. Peter Welch.

I was away when news of the U.S. Supreme Court leak went viral. I hadn’t watched TV for a week and barely signed onto social media but when I did, I read astute and deeply troubling reactions to the policy document designed to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has been considered established law for 50 years.

Ten years ago, after Sandy Hook, a plaintive headline begged, “Can we now talk about guns?” It was a response to the perennial Republican assertion that the grief-stricken, furious aftermath of tragedy isn’t the best time to craft firearms regulations.

The recent leak of the draft decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade portends a major shift in almost 50 years of reproductive health care in America. As outrageous as it is on its face, it is a call to action for Vermont.


One million. On a good day, it sounds rosy and abundant. Like one million dollars. A million-dollar smile. You look like a million bucks. Or thanks a million. But not today.

As the current deputy secretary to Jim Condos, who is retiring, I can tell you that every Vermonter, every day, is affected by the work we do.

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