Plus: I’m the only candidate in the Bennington-4 house race to have received early endorsements from the Vermont Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Vermont, Rights and Democracy, and Vermont State Employees’ Association. Please check out my Endorsements page to learn more about these organizations and the important work they’re accomplishing.
What a whirlwind month! Thanks to everyone who turned out for the primary. I’ll continue to work hard to earn your vote in the general election.
Meanwhile, I’m grateful to the Sierra Club and to Rights & Democracy (RAD) for their early endorsements. Your support means a great to me and my campaign.
The Sierra Club
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with three million members and supporters. Their successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Click here to learn more about the Sierra Club.
Rights & Democracy
We believe rights and democracy are won when people come together to make their
voices heard, so we’re building a strong movement and the people power necessary to win justice and improve the policies that affect us and our communities. From making sure that every worker earns a livable wage, to securing access to quality healthcare and education for all, we are active in a broad range of issues that people face every day.
Click here to learn more about RAD.
Kathleen James Announces Candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives
Kathleen James has announced her candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives from Bennington-4, a legislative district that comprises Manchester, Arlington, Sandgate and northwest Sunderland. The chair of the Manchester Democrats, James will challenge incumbent Brian Keefe (R) for one of the district’s two seats.
“I’ve lived and worked in the Northshire for 22 years and I know how hard it can be to make a living here,” says James. “I’ve owned a small business, worked for small businesses, and been self-employed. I know what it’s like to juggle two or three jobs as a working mom in a small-town, rural economy. That’s why I’m motivated to provide Vermonters with equal access to the economic building blocks that we all deserve — good-paying jobs, affordable housing and healthcare, and an outstanding education from pre-K through high school and beyond.”
James is a nonprofit manager, editor and writer who’s currently executive director of the International Skiing History Association and editor of its bimonthly journal, Skiing History. Previous jobs include editor-in-chief of Vermont Magazine, admissions director at Southern Vermont College, and communications director at The BOMA Project. She also co-founded and co-owned a small magazine publishing company.
James has served on the boards of Manchester Elementary Middle School, Zion Preschool, Northshire Community Foundation, Friends of MEMS and the Manchester School Fund. She’s a Class of 2018 graduate of Emerge Vermont, a statewide organization that trains women Democrats to run for public office. The chair of the Manchester Democrats, James also works with grassroots political groups like MoveOn Manchester and Earth Matters on projects that promote voter awareness and engagement. Most recently, she helped to promote a non-binding climate-action and renewable energy resolution that passed by voice vote at Manchester town meeting.
“Taking action on climate change is not only a global imperative, but an economic opportunity for Vermont and for the Northshire,” she says. “The green economy is an exciting, forward-looking sector that can transform our communities, foster new jobs and new businesses, attract new residents and keep young Vermonters in the state.”
Former State Reps. Jeff Wilson and Steve Berry have endorsed James and are actively supporting her campaign, which kicks off in early April. James will host an open house for volunteers on April 22, Earth Day, and details will be posted on her Website.