Endorsements

Official Endorsements

 

 


Who Else is Supporting Kathleen James?

Rev. Dr. Steve Barry (Former State Representative, Manchester)
Carol Barry (Manchester)
Dr. Edward Cameron (Manchester resident and global climate change specialist)
Pat Musick and Jerry Carr (“The Artist and the Astronaut,” Manchester)
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen (Manchester)
Anne D’Olivo (Manchester)
Bob Stannard (Former State Representative, Manchester)
Jeff Wilson (Former State Representative, Manchester)
David Zuckerman (Vermont Lt. Governor)


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Rev. Dr. Steve Barry (Former State Representative, Manchester)

Kathleen James will bring honesty, integrity, and clarity to the legislature. She listens to others and works well with them. She has the ability to blend her gifts of heart and mind in a manner that produces positive results. She is a deep thinker, an outstanding writer and an accomplished community organizer. Most importantly, she is a committed mother and friend who believes in democracy, in community and in unequivocally standing up for what is right.

Her vision is one that I share, which is that every Vermonter—not just the upwardly mobile—have a claim on our common American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. She will work to make that dream become reality and that is why I am strongly endorsing her.


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Carol Berry (Manchester)

I have known Kathleen since first moving to Manchester and my admiration for her has never waned. I appreciate her forthrightness, her dedication to her daughters, her desire to seek truthful answers to her questions, her work ethic, and her values for tolerance, compassion and social justice. With Kathleen James in Montpelier, I know I will be represented by someone who cares for all Vermonters. She will listen and engage in dialogue, will question the issues thoroughly, and will not compromise her own integrity for political gain.


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Dr. Edward Cameron (Manchester resident and global climate change specialist)

For more than 20 years, I have been fortunate to work with political representatives all around the world. I have known exceptional public servants who take the time to know their neighbors; conduct public business with transparency, integrity, impartiality, in a spirit of collaboration; and with a solid understanding of the trends shaping our world.

When I first met Kath James, I was struck by her passion for her community, her personal warmth, her ability to understand and communicate complex issues, and her strength of character. I have seen firsthand her capacity to listen to many views while being consistent and true to her core values. I have watched her prepare to run for office by prioritizing substance over soundbites, spending the hard hours interrogating the issues that impact this community. I have no doubt that she would be a strong and informed advocate, championing the issues that matter to all of us, irrespective of party affiliation, including jobs, healthcare, and caring for our common home by building a thriving and sustainable green economy.

Most importantly, I am convinced she would make us proud to be her constituents through her service and personal conduct. She would be a model public servant and an example for others to follow in the State Capitol. I offer my loud and proud support and encourage others to elect Kath our next State Rep!


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Pat Musick and Jerry Carr (“The Artist and the Astronaut,” Manchester)

We have known Kathleen personally for a decade, and the main thing that stands out about her is integrity. She generates an aura of honesty, dedication and enthusiasm, and has an inclusive open mind. These characteristics are all so important to the renewal of our political system.


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Rabbi Michael M. Cohen (Manchester)

The United States of Americas is at a crossroads. I write “Americas” intentionally in the plural because we are losing the fabric of what keeps and holds us together. The notion of E pluribus unum — out of many, one — the motto of our country, has become frayed since the 2016 election. There is a sense that the system is broken and needs fixing. This includes our local, state and national institutions. We need new leadership, beginning on the local level.

That is why I am supporting Kathleen James. She has served our community professionally as well as numerous ways volunteering over the years. More important, she is committed to making our legislature respond in ways that are more equitable and fair for all. These times require citizens like Kathleen to be given the chance to set our ship back on course.


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Anne D’Olivo – Founder, Earth Matters (Manchester)

Climate change is one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. Kathleen is the only candidate for this district who is totally committed to making the changes necessary to combat greenhouse gas emissions and promote the green energy sector in the state of Vermont. She is a candidate that is looking to the future, not clinging to ideas of the past. She has proven to be an ethical, moral and transparent leader and will continue to keep in touch with her constituents through the press, social media and regular office hours.


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Bob Stannard (Former State Representative, Manchester)

I’ve known Kathleen James for quite some time and I can attest to the fact that she will be an extraordinary State Representative. She will represent the citizens of Manchester, Sunderland, Sandgate and Arlington with grace, dignity and passion.

Kathleen is one of those rare people that we get to meet once in a lifetime. She’s wicked smart; has more energy than ten people and is extremely dedicated to leaving this place better than she found it.

Having served three terms in the Vermont House, I know from experience what it takes to be a good legislator. Kathleen James is destined to be a great leader and I am honored to lend my voice to the chorus of support for her candidacy as our representative in Montpelier.


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Jeff Wilson (Former State Representative, Manchester)

It’s more than a tad disillusioning to see how so many politicians, especially at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, have come to shamelessly abandon the core traditional values that made America great. Integrity, honesty, ethical behavior, the rule of law and simple common decency seem to be in very short supply these days. Thankfully, in Kathleen James, we have a candidate running for the Vermont House who not only understands and embraces the basic tenets of American democracy, but has the intellect, capacity and commitment to represent the Northshire as an outstanding legislator.

By electing such a capable and principled candidate as Kathleen, we will not only be sending an exceptional State Rep to Montpelier, we’ll also be doing our part in rejecting all of the destructive beliefs that have come to permeate our political system over the past couple of years.


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Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman (Hinesburg)
When I first met Kathleen, I could tell she was a special person. Her passion for the issues, balanced with her thoughtful approach to listening and absorbing information from different perspectives, is a perfect combination for being a legislator. In a day when the political world has become so polarized, having someone who is ready to break bread with anyone is a welcome sight. It’s important to have core values and community goals, but it’s equally important to thoughtfully respect and consider other points of view. Kathleen will bring these traits to the Statehouse, and I look forward to helping her in any way that I can.