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Manchester Journal: James Makes a Case for Your Vote

To the Editor: Two years ago, our country changed course in a dramatic election characterized by bitter division and political polarization — described by Pew Research Center as “the defining feature of early 21st century American politics.

“In some ways, I’m running for the Vermont House of Representatives as a response. I’m a Democrat, but grew up in a Republican family in the rural “red state” of Nebraska. I respect people of all parties and believe the best ideas come from diverse sources. I hold to my values while seeking common ground and collaboration. These traits will help me to be effective in Montpelier, where it requires a team effort — and strong interpersonal skills — to get legislation passed.

I‘m mostly running because I care deeply about the Northshire, my home for 22 years. If elected, I hope to help move Vermont forward on the issues that impact so many of us. I’ll work on affordable and accessible health care, housing and childcare, and strong schools that serve every student. I’m also committed to protecting our environment and responding to climate change while creating a diverse “green economy” that will create jobs and attract residents.

Running for office has been one of the most positive, hopeful experiences of my life. I’ve knocked on hundreds of doors, and almost without exception, my Northshire neighbors have been welcoming and willing to talk. House by house, I’ve learned that political polarization will be healed one conversation at a time. It’s a grassroots movement, and I am proud to play a small part in it.Constituent communication is a high priority for me.

If elected, please watch the newspapers and my Facebook page (“Kathleen James for State Representative”) for a meeting in your town before January. I’ve pledged to hold regular meetings in all four Towns — Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate — and to publish an e-newsletter to keep you informed.Through extensive training with Emerge Vermont and my involvement with the Vermont Democratic Party, I’ve built a network of trusted colleagues — including former, current and incoming legislators — in the statehouse. I’m ready to hit the ground running.

To learn more about my background, my volunteer contributions to the Northshire and my endorsements, go to:

On Nov. 6, your vote is your voice. Now is the time for new ideas, new energy and new leadership for the Northshire. Please vote for me in this momentous midterm election.Kathleen JamesManchester Center

The Great Debates

All three Bennington-4 house candidates have participated in a series of candidate forums this fall. Click on the links below to watch or learn more.

September 11 Candidate Forum

Sponsored by: Vermont Interfaith Action

Location: East Arlington Federated Church

Format: Moderator questions plus audience Q&A

Click here to read article:,550203

September 24 Candidate Forum

Sponsored by: Bennington County Republicans and Bennington County Democrats

Location: Burr & Burton Academy

Format: Moderator questions plus audience Q&A

Click here to watch video:

Click here to read article:,551452

October 3 Candidate Forum

Sponsored by: Greater Northshire Access Television

Format: Moderator questions taped in GNAT studio

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Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund IE PAC Endorses Kathleen

Earlier this week, I was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund IE PAC. This is an independent, nonpartisan political group that supports pro-women’s health candidates for legislative and statewide office. If elected, I’ll look forward to being a fierce advocate for family planning, affordable and accessible health care, comprehensive sex education, contraception, and a woman’s right to choose.

Vermont National Education Association Endorses Kathleen James

We have received the endorsement of the Vermont National Education Association. Kathleen is grateful for their support. She is strongly commitment to quality education for all children in the Northshire.

The Vermont-National Education Association is the union of Vermont educators,13,000 professionals who teach the state’s children every day.

Vermont-NEA was founded in 1850 as the Vermont Teachers’ Association on the premise that the people in the state’s classrooms should be an integral part of Vermont’s public education system. Over the intervening 168 years, the association grew from fewer than 400 members in only dozens of schools to more than 13,000 in virtually all of Vermont’s schools. The association is the state-level affiliate of the National Education Association, itself the largest union in the country with more than 3.2 million members.

Rally for the Climate

People around the world rose up to “Rally for Climate, Jobs and Justice” on a day of global action sponsored by The BBC reported that more than 900 events were staged in 95 countries as people called for an end to fossil fuels and a shift to renewable energy. Here in the Northshire, Earth Matters, Move On Manchester and the Northshire Bookstore co-hosted a sign-making party, march through downtown, and rally at the roundabout, followed by free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and speakers. I spoke about my commitment to climate action and the opportunities that the climate economy offers Vermont, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Edward Cameron, one of the authors of the Paris Climate Accords. Click here to check out my speech!