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The Legislature must look toward our children’s and grandchildren’s future

Leslie Goldman is a Democratic candidate for one of the two Windham-3 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives. “Please contact me with your concerns and ideas through my website, by email, or by calling me at 802-869-2989,” she writes.

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As we enter the most contentious national election of our lifetimes, we must remember to focus locally as well.

The crucial role of the Vermont House of Representatives was apparent in the override of the governor’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688. It is imperative to look toward the future for our children and grandchildren.

Legislators have a challenging job. They are required to understand the intricacies of policy, which can have significant implications for their constituents. Although they serve on only one committee where they do in-depth work, they must understand all the policy issues which they have to vote on: racial and social justice, economic development, health care, taxes, education, and climate change, to name a few.

During the Windham-3 Democratic Primary, I heard constituents’ concerns, and I continue to think about campaign issues for the general election, especially getting out the vote. I’m also considering the challenge of being an effective legislator.

In addition to doing the required work in Montpelier, communication with constituents is critical and must include different platforms as people get their information in different ways.

Communications systems can include the written word in print and online media, weekly Zoom calls, websites, direct emails/newsletters, Facebook, and others. Setting up communication systems will be a number one priority for me to keep Windham-3 informed.

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on Oct. 1, 2016, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice for Living.” She ended by writing, “I am optimistic, however, that movement toward enlistment of the talent of all who compose ‘We, the people,’ will continue.”

Should I be elected to represent Windham-3 as your representative, I will carry her words with me.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #583 (Wednesday, October 14, 2020). This story appeared on page B3.

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