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VERMONT CLIMATE COUNCIL: FIRST MEETING!

The new Vermont Climate Council — appointed as a result of the Global Warming Solutions Act — will be holding its first meeting tomorrow morning — Friday, November 20 from 8 to 11:45 am. The public is welcome to view and attend, and the meeting will also be recorded and posted for public viewing. 

At the link below, youll find all of the information you need: The agenda, bios of the members, a link to join the meeting, information about how to comment, and a PDF that shows the work the Council will be undertaking during the next year as it drafts a Climate Plan -- due on December 1, 2021. Its first progress report will be submitted to the legislature in two months (January 15, 2021). All of the Councils work will be posted and continually updated at its home page, which Ive linked below.

Ill be following the Council closely, and I hope many Vermonters will, too. Ive written this morning to the council chair, Agency of Administration Secretary Susanne Young, to learn more about the various subcommittees and how people can follow and participate in those. Ill post that information when I receive it. 

https://aoa.vermont.gov/content/vermont-climate-council
An excellent resource during tough times:

https://covidsupportvt.org/

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AS COVID-19 CASES RISE, GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES NEW MITIGATION MEASURES

Restrictions implemented to limit interactions between multiple households as gatherings continue to drive record increases in COVID-19 cases

71% of cases associated with an outbreak are associated with a private party or social gathering

Montpelier, Vt. - To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Governor Scott has implemented several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations.

This news follows daily case counts of 72 reported on Wednesday, 109 reported on Thursday and 84 on Friday, as well as an increase in hospitalizations in Vermont.

“We’ve had tremendous success thanks to the hard work of Vermonters, but we are at a pivotal moment,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We have an opportunity right now to get our arms around this record growth and return to the case stability we’ve grown accustomed to, but we all have to step up and recommit to following all current health guidance and to limit our contacts as much as possible. At the same time, the State is actively expanding testing and contact tracing protocols, so we are even better positioned to hunt this virus down and stop it in its tracks.”

To slow the spread, ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed, help schools continue to offer in-person instruction and keep as many Vermonters working as possible, the State has targeted new mitigation strategies to address the areas that appear to be driving the spread. Since October 1, 71% of the cases associated with an outbreak are associated with an outbreak from a private party or social gathering.

The following measures are effective Saturday, November 14 at 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development will provide additional guidance as needed.

Public and Private Multi-Household Social Gatherings Prohibited

Attendance at all public and private social gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household. Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.

Restaurant Hours and Seating Limits

Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10 p.m., but may provide curbside and delivery service after 10 p.m. For in-person dining, restaurants must seat only one household per table, in accordance with existing capacity limits and the new restriction on multi-household gatherings.

Closure of Bars and Social Clubs

Bars and social clubs will be closed for in-person service until further notice. Curbside and delivery service is allowed.

Pausing Recreational Sports

Youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice.

Telework Requirements

All businesses, non-profits and government entities shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible. In person meetings are strongly discouraged and should be held by telephone or video conference whenever possible.

Contact Tracing and Testing Requirements

All restaurants and other businesses hosting non-essential activities shall maintain a 30-day log of employee and guest names and contact information in case contact tracing is required by the Health Department. These individuals are consenting to be contacted by the Health Department Contact Tracing Team. Further, all Vermonters are directed to comply with requests made by the Contact Tracing Team. Finally, college students returning home in Vermont (from in-state and out-of-state schools) shall quarantine for 14 days or seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and testing is strongly encouraged.

“We rely on data to guide each and every decision we make, and that data has shown us a clear picture of a rising tide that could have serious consequences,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “Whether it’s friends or our own family members, we need to limit any social activities to our own households to protect all these people that we don’t even know we’ve put at risk - where we work, where we learn, where people live in situations that make them more vulnerable. And we need to make these sacrifices now.”

These steps add to actions taken over the last several days, including requiring quarantine for all non-essential out-of-state travel by Vermonters and for all travelers entering Vermont from another state; expanding testing opportunities for Vermonters; and increasing outreach to assess and encourage compliance with travel and gathering guidance. Governor Scott has also directed the state’s emergency response team to prepare to execute existing surge plans, including re-deploying field hospital sites as a precautionary measure.

Under Addendum 8 to the Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20, Governor Scott has also extended the State of Emergency to December 15. Click here to view the full Addendum.

For more information on:
COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data, visit .
The Governor’s actions, visit .
The state’s modeling, visit .
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AS COVID-19 CASES RISE, GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES NEW MITIGATION MEASURES

Restrictions implemented to limit interactions between multiple households as gatherings continue to drive record increases in COVID-19 cases

71% of cases associated with an outbreak are associated with a private party or social gathering
 
Montpelier, Vt. - To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Governor Scott has implemented several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations.
 
This news follows daily case counts of 72 reported on Wednesday, 109 reported on Thursday and 84 on Friday, as well as an increase in hospitalizations in Vermont.
 
“We’ve had tremendous success thanks to the hard work of Vermonters, but we are at a pivotal moment,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We have an opportunity right now to get our arms around this record growth and return to the case stability we’ve grown accustomed to, but we all have to step up and recommit to following all current health guidance and to limit our contacts as much as possible. At the same time, the State is actively expanding testing and contact tracing protocols, so we are even better positioned to hunt this virus down and stop it in its tracks.”
 
To slow the spread, ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed, help schools continue to offer in-person instruction and keep as many Vermonters working as possible, the State has targeted new mitigation strategies to address the areas that appear to be driving the spread. Since October 1, 71% of the cases associated with an outbreak are associated with an outbreak from a private party or social gathering.
 
The following measures are effective Saturday, November 14 at 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development will provide additional guidance as needed.
 
Public and Private Multi-Household Social Gatherings Prohibited

Attendance at all public and private social gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations, shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household. Individuals who live alone may gather with members of their immediate family residing in a different household.
 
Restaurant Hours and Seating Limits

Restaurants must close in-person dining at 10 p.m., but may provide curbside and delivery service after 10 p.m. For in-person dining, restaurants must seat only one household per table, in accordance with existing capacity limits and the new restriction on multi-household gatherings.
 
Closure of Bars and Social Clubs

Bars and social clubs will be closed for in-person service until further notice. Curbside and delivery service is allowed.
 
Pausing Recreational Sports

Youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice.
 
Telework Requirements

All businesses, non-profits and government entities shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible. In person meetings are strongly discouraged and should be held by telephone or video conference whenever possible.
 
Contact Tracing and Testing Requirements

All restaurants and other businesses hosting non-essential activities shall maintain a 30-day log of employee and guest names and contact information in case contact tracing is required by the Health Department. These individuals are consenting to be contacted by the Health Department Contact Tracing Team. Further, all Vermonters are directed to comply with requests made by the Contact Tracing Team. Finally, college students returning home in Vermont (from in-state and out-of-state schools) shall quarantine for 14 days or seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and testing is strongly encouraged.
 
“We rely on data to guide each and every decision we make, and that data has shown us a clear picture of a rising tide that could have serious consequences,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “Whether it’s friends or our own family members, we need to limit any social activities to our own households to protect all these people that we don’t even know we’ve put at risk - where we work, where we learn, where people live in situations that make them more vulnerable. And we need to make these sacrifices now.”
 
These steps add to actions taken over the last several days, including requiring quarantine for all non-essential out-of-state travel by Vermonters and for all travelers entering Vermont from another state; expanding testing opportunities for Vermonters; and increasing outreach to assess and encourage compliance with travel and gathering guidance. Governor Scott has also directed the state’s emergency response team to prepare to execute existing surge plans, including re-deploying field hospital sites as a precautionary measure.
 
Under Addendum 8 to the Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20, Governor Scott has also extended the State of Emergency to December 15. Click here to view the full Addendum.
 
For more information on:
COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data, visit www.healthvermont.gov/covid19.
The Governor’s actions, visit https://governor.vermont.gov/covid19response.
The state’s modeling, visit https://dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling.

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How about making testing easier to get??? Just saying took me 4 hours of phone calls and run around just to get one with symptoms! Should have been able to just call a local clinic and get a test

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Kathleen James I feel people need to be taught and then comprehend the definition of “single family household.”

This only works if people are honest. What about the hotels receiving weekend guests? They are not isolating even for a day

I didn’t realize that people could quarantine in their home state before coming to visit...? Thought the quarantine begins once people arrive in VT.

Many people from out of state arrived in Bennington County this weekend to shop, load up on groceries before they start their quarantine? The grocery store was so crowded on Saturday that I walked out to stay away. How can this be managed to make it safe for our community? How are people getting lodgings and rentals under current EO? I don’t have an attitude about this I just don’t understand the apparent double standards.

Good job VT!

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Vermont Reports Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Start of the Pandemic

Governor orders SEOC to begin surge plan implementation and urges Vermonters to recommit to precautionary measures and avoid gatherings to slow the spread

BURLINGTON, VT – The State of Vermont reported 72 new COVID-19 cases this morning, the highest number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic, and almost double the number of new cases reported yesterday.

State officials say this concerning development highlights a trend of increasing positive cases as clusters and outbreaks grow across the state. These clusters and outbreaks often trace back to Vermonters traveling out of state and to social gatherings like baby showers, Halloween parties, deer camps and other small gatherings where masking and physical distancing breakdown.

In response to this trend, and the even greater surge in cases in other states in the region, Governor Phil Scott has directed the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to prepare to execute existing surge plans, including re-deploying field hospital sites as a precautionary measure.

A northern alternate care facility at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction has an overall capacity of 400 beds, with most being warehoused by the Vermont National Guard since late-spring. That site has remained staged with 50 beds through the summer. 100 additional beds will be deployed in the days to come, with 250 additional beds and other components in reserve.

A 50-bed field hospital trailer is staged in southern Vermont near Rutland, so that southern facility remains ready to add another 50 beds for a potential surge.

Teams from the Vermont National Guard will carry out the mission to deploy these assets as the State preemptively prepares for impacts related to rising case levels.

“I understand that Vermonters feel fatigued from the pandemic, its impact on all of us and the sacrifices it has required,” said Governor Scott. “As I have said throughout this pandemic, we all have to do our part to keep each other safe and we must continue to follow the public health practices of wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, avoiding crowded places, and quarantining when you are sick. We also have to be smart about how many people we come in contact with and work together to limit that number, so we can slow the spread now, protect our neighbors, keep our kids in school and keep our economy open.”

Vermonters are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 if they have recently attended any event or gathering with people from outside their small social circle, have traveled out of state, have had a visitor from out of state, or anyone that has been a near or close contact of a COVID positive individual.

Additionally, when contacted by the Health Department contact tracing team, Vermonters need to work with them – providing full and accurate information – to help trace any individuals they may have interacted with recently. If contact tracers are unable to trace the spread of the virus, then they will be unable to contain an outbreak and mitigate any further spread into our communities.

Vermonters must understand that by engaging in riskier activities, like attending parties and gatherings – even small ones - there will continue to be a surge in cases and we will see community spread like the rest of the country. Vermonters have worked hard to protect our communities, keep our businesses open and send children back to school. Now is not the time to give up on the hard work and sacrifices over the last seven months.

The best way to stay healthy and prevent the spread of virus is to follow the core prevention actions: Wear a mask, keep a 6-foot distance from others, avoid crowded spaces and social gatherings, wash your hands a lot, stay home when you’re sick.

Pop-up testing sites and other community testing opportunities are offered throughout Vermont. For locations, dates and to make an appointment, visit: healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing.

COVID-19 is highly contagious. People with COVID-19, even those who don't have any symptoms, can spread the virus to other people. There are things we can all do to protect ourselves and the people around us from getting or spreading COVID-19.
Wear a mask indoors when you are with people you don’t live with or outside when you cannot always keep 6 feet apart. Vermont requires masks be worn in public spaces.
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands a lot.
Keep your social circle small. Avoid social gatherings and if you do participate in one, it is strongly advised to limit it to 10 or fewer people with a very limited number of groups.
Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with.
Follow Vermont's travel guidance: All non-essential travel now requires quarantine.
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Vermont Reports Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases Since Start of the Pandemic
 
Governor orders SEOC to begin surge plan implementation and urges Vermonters to recommit to precautionary measures and avoid gatherings to slow the spread

BURLINGTON, VT – The State of Vermont reported 72 new COVID-19 cases this morning, the highest number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic, and almost double the number of new cases reported yesterday.

State officials say this concerning development highlights a trend of increasing positive cases as clusters and outbreaks grow across the state. These clusters and outbreaks often trace back to Vermonters traveling out of state and to social gatherings like baby showers, Halloween parties, deer camps and other small gatherings where masking and physical distancing breakdown.

In response to this trend, and the even greater surge in cases in other states in the region, Governor Phil Scott has directed the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to prepare to execute existing surge plans, including re-deploying field hospital sites as a precautionary measure. 

A northern alternate care facility at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction has an overall capacity of 400 beds, with most being warehoused by the Vermont National Guard since late-spring. That site has remained staged with 50 beds through the summer. 100 additional beds will be deployed in the days to come, with 250 additional beds and other components in reserve.

A 50-bed field hospital trailer is staged in southern Vermont near Rutland, so that southern facility remains ready to add another 50 beds for a potential surge.

Teams from the Vermont National Guard will carry out the mission to deploy these assets as the State preemptively prepares for impacts related to rising case levels.

“I understand that Vermonters feel fatigued from the pandemic, its impact on all of us and the sacrifices it has required,” said Governor Scott. “As I have said throughout this pandemic, we all have to do our part to keep each other safe and we must continue to follow the public health practices of wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, avoiding crowded places, and quarantining when you are sick. We also have to be smart about how many people we come in contact with and work together to limit that number, so we can slow the spread now, protect our neighbors, keep our kids in school and keep our economy open.”

Vermonters are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 if they have recently attended any event or gathering with people from outside their small social circle, have traveled out of state, have had a visitor from out of state, or anyone that has been a near or close contact of a COVID positive individual.

Additionally, when contacted by the Health Department contact tracing team, Vermonters need to work with them – providing full and accurate information – to help trace any individuals they may have interacted with recently. If contact tracers are unable to trace the spread of the virus, then they will be unable to contain an outbreak and mitigate any further spread into our communities.

Vermonters must understand that by engaging in riskier activities, like attending parties and gatherings – even small ones - there will continue to be a surge in cases and we will see community spread like the rest of the country. Vermonters have worked hard to protect our communities, keep our businesses open and send children back to school. Now is not the time to give up on the hard work and sacrifices over the last seven months.

The best way to stay healthy and prevent the spread of virus is to follow the core prevention actions: Wear a mask, keep a 6-foot distance from others, avoid crowded spaces and social gatherings, wash your hands a lot, stay home when you’re sick.

Pop-up testing sites and other community testing opportunities are offered throughout Vermont. For locations, dates and to make an appointment, visit: healthvermont.gov/covid19-testing.

COVID-19 is highly contagious. People with COVID-19, even those who dont have any symptoms, can spread the virus to other people. There are things we can all do to protect ourselves and the people around us from getting or spreading COVID-19.
Wear a mask indoors when you are with people you don’t live with or outside when you cannot always keep 6 feet apart. Vermont requires masks be worn in public spaces.
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands a lot.
Keep your social circle small. Avoid social gatherings and if you do participate in one, it is strongly advised to limit it to 10 or fewer people with a very limited number of groups.
Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with.
Follow Vermonts travel guidance: All non-essential travel now requires quarantine.

I watched President-Elect Biden's speech last night with such emotion — inspired and moved to tears more than once by his repeated pledge to unify, not divide. So much hard work lies ahead as we continue — together — our long journey to become "the nation that we know we can be."

"...But now, let’s give each other a chance.

It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again.

To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.

The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal. This is the time to heal in America.

Now that the campaign is over — what is the people’s will? What is our mandate?

I believe it is this: Americans have called on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.

The battle to control the virus. The battle to build prosperity. The battle to secure your family’s health care. The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country. The battle to save the climate.

The battle to restore decency, defend democracy, and give everybody in this country a fair shot.

Our work begins with getting Covid under control. We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality, or relish life’s most precious moments — hugging a grandchild, birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us — until we get this virus under control...

I ran as a proud Democrat. I will now be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me — as those who did. Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now.

The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make.

And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to cooperate.

That’s the choice I’ll make. And I call on the Congress — Democrats and Republicans alike — to make that choice with me.

The American story is about the slow, yet steady widening of opportunity. Make no mistake: Too many dreams have been deferred for too long.

We must make the promise of the country real for everybody — no matter their race, their ethnicity, their faith, their identity, or their disability.

America has always been shaped by inflection points — by moments in time where we’ve made hard decisions about who we are and what we want to be.

Lincoln in 1860 — coming to save the Union. F.D.R. in 1932 — promising a beleaguered country a New Deal. J.F.K. in 1960 — pledging a New Frontier. And 12 years ago — when Barack Obama made history — and told us, “Yes, we can.”

We stand again at an inflection point. We have the opportunity to defeat despair and to build a nation of prosperity and purpose.

We can do it. I know we can.

I’ve long talked about the battle for the soul of America. We must restore the soul of America. Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.

Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe.

And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.

I’ve always believed we can define America in one word: possibilities. That in America everyone should be given the opportunity to go as far as their dreams and God-given ability will take them.

You see, I believe in the possibility of this country. We’re always looking ahead. Ahead to an America that’s freer and more just. Ahead to an America that creates jobs with dignity and respect. Ahead to an America that cures disease — like cancer and Alzheimers. Ahead to an America that never leaves anyone behind. Ahead to an America that never gives up, never gives in.

This is a great nation. And we are a good people. This is the United States of America.

And there has never been anything we haven’t been able to do when we’ve done it together.
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more unites than divides us. We all want access to health care, racial and social economic justice, employment, a vaccine and end to the pandemic, infrastructure, opportunities for our children, a clean environment, and peace. I see good people everywhere in our nation. I meet them every day. I cannot be so proud as to ignore that others have had experiences that brought them to different conclusions politically. Over the past year, I have been a target of religious bigotry because I am a Catholic. I have been told there is no place for me in the democratic party. I do not take this personally, but it does illustrate the deep and extraordinary division we found ourselves in. This is not about our egos. Real freedom is about getting over ourselves and serving the common good.

Reading this speech makes me emotional all over again. Godspeed, Joe Biden!

Incredibly healing already. Hope heals💜

I was so refreshing listening to him speak.

Made me so happy to hear such positivity!

Love this as Biden says let’s hope and unite everyone and move on and help each other not divide

❤️

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ITS UN-YARD-SIGN TIME!

Seth is driving around the district this morning, retrieving our yard signs. If you have one up, please leave it up for now — we know where most are located. If your sign is still standing by this evening, please take it down and reach out to let us know. Well retrieve them this week. Thank you!

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Brought mine in when the polls closed. Should I bring it to your house?

Well there's one thing I won't miss doing!

We Won!

With the polls closed and votes counted in Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland, we are honored to have won the general election. Thanks to the many volunteers who wrote letters to the editor, waved signs, made phone calls, addressed postcards and wrote notes on our behalf.

We’re excited to serve Bennington-4 in the Vermont House of Representatives during the upcoming biennium. Some voted for us; some did not. That no longer matters. It’s our job to represent everyone who lives in all four towns, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We take equally seriously our promise to work effectively with each other, with our fellow legislators, with community leaders and residents across Bennington County, and with our constituents to help our region to not only recover from the pandemic but to thrive.

The next two years will be hard, and the legislature will need to make difficult choices. Our first priority will be to do everything we can to help the people and small businesses that are struggling. We will fight for funding and for assistance, and we will try to serve as a conduit and a catalyst for creative solutions here at home.

At the same time, we need to lay the groundwork for a vibrant economic future. To that end, over the next 12 to 18 months, we will host a series of public forums — on Zoom at first — to discuss the key economic pillars that are vital to our economic success, including broadband, childcare, housing, workforce development, education, and the climate economy. At each forum, we’ll invite local leaders, legislators and community members to discuss challenges and solutions, with time for a public Q&A. Look for information about this series in the local newspapers and on social media.

Rep. Cynthia Browning dedicated many years to the legislature as a hard-working, smart, outspoken and dedicated public servant. She deserves our gratitude.

We are committed to dialogue and communication and to staying in close touch with our constituents. We’ll be starting up our face-to-face coffee hours as soon as it’s safe. Meanwhile, we'll take a few days off to be with our families and be back soon! 🙂 — Kath & Seth

The unofficial election results from the Vermont Secretary of State are below.

Seth Bongartz for VT State Representative
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We Won!

With the polls closed and votes counted in Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland, we are honored to have won the general election. Thanks to the many volunteers who wrote letters to the editor, waved signs, made phone calls, addressed postcards and wrote notes on our behalf. 

We’re excited to serve Bennington-4 in the Vermont House of Representatives during the upcoming biennium. Some voted for us; some did not. That no longer matters. It’s our job to represent everyone who lives in all four towns, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We take equally seriously our promise to work effectively with each other, with our fellow legislators, with community leaders and residents across Bennington County, and with our constituents to help our region to not only recover from the pandemic but to thrive.

The next two years will be hard, and the legislature will need to make difficult choices. Our first priority will be to do everything we can to help the people and small businesses that are struggling. We will fight for funding and for assistance, and we will try to serve as a conduit and a catalyst for creative solutions here at home.

At the same time, we need to lay the groundwork for a vibrant economic future. To that end, over the next 12 to 18 months, we will host a series of public forums — on Zoom at first — to discuss the key economic pillars that are vital to our economic success, including broadband, childcare, housing, workforce development, education, and the climate economy. At each forum, we’ll invite local leaders, legislators and community members to discuss challenges and solutions, with time for a public Q&A. Look for information about this series in the local newspapers and on social media. 

Rep. Cynthia Browning dedicated many years to the legislature as a hard-working, smart, outspoken and dedicated public servant. She deserves our gratitude.

We are committed to dialogue and communication and to staying in close touch with our constituents. We’ll be starting up our face-to-face coffee hours as soon as it’s safe. Meanwhile, well take a few days off to be with our families and be back soon! :) — Kath & Seth

The unofficial election results from the Vermont Secretary of State are below. 

Seth Bongartz for VT State Representative

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Congratulations!!! I know y'all worked hard.

Congratulations for a well run race. Thank you for leading with intelligence, vision, and compassion!

Wonderful news! Congrats!!

Some good news tonight! Congratulations!

You done did it!!! You rock💪💃

Congrats Kath!!!

Congrats!

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

(Why are there two of you?)

Congratulations

How did Brian Campion do?

Yay!!!!

Yay!

Congratulations Kath!!

Great job Kath and Seth!!! Congratulations 🎉

Well done and well deserved!!!

BEST NEWS EVER!!!!! Congrats. What a great campaign!

Big Congratulations Kath!

Hearty congratulations!

You're awesome. So happy for you and Seth!

Congratulations!

Great! Congratulations!

Congratulations!😊

Excellent news!!! Congratulations!!

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Sunset over the Northshire on a memorable Election Day.

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So good to see you and I am so proud to cast my vote for you!

Good luck tonight, Kathleen!

And more record-breaking turnout reports in Sunderland! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Looking good! Congratulations on the results!

Let’s goooooo, Kathleen!

Good luck, Cynthia M. Browning!

Poll workers reporting a record-breaking turnout in Sandgate!