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Kornheiser thanks Windham-2-1 voters

The results are in! Thank you.

I am so honored to have the opportunity to keep working with this community and in this nation, so we can someday say that government is truly for us and by us.

In Brattleboro (and across the country), we saw record voter turnout for this crucial election.

This is in part due to our passion and our fear — we have a renewed understanding of how much our vote and our voice matter. But it is also because of the incredible degree of access we bring to our elections here in Vermont, and I hope we can expand that further.

I’m so grateful to all the incredible folks who worked the polls in Brattleboro, across the state, and still throughout the county.

The issues that called me to public service are magnified by this pandemic — the cracks in our system have widened, and more of us can see them.

Folks on the front lines of the economy need compensation and dignity (pay and protection). Most of us are working paycheck to paycheck.

We need strong social infrastructure to build stable communities. Housing, food security, and connectivity are essential to public health. We must invest in government and communities — we all need systems of support.

Not all of us experience the challenges of our times equitably — class, race, and gender change our experiences of criminal justice, school, and the economy — so we must restructure these systems if we want a Vermont that truly works for all of us.

Thank you to my opponent for stepping up. We provided voters with a choice and an opportunity to talk about the issues that matter to our little corner of the world.

It’s absolutely not just about the few names on the ballot; it’s about all of us and how we come together and work for our families and our neighbors. It’s about how government can work — and work well — for each of us, and I’m committed to that work, with each of you.

What do you think we need to make it through this pandemic? What do we need to thrive on the other side? Before the new legislative session starts in January, I’ll be working hard to hear from the community. Please join one of my weekly community conversations, send a message, or give me a call.

Please be in touch — democracy works best when we’re all part of the conversation.

Emilie Kornheiser

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Originally published in The Commons issue #587 (Wednesday, November 11, 2020). This story appeared on page C3.

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