Valerie A. Stuart

‘Thank you, one and all, for a great run’

Many thanks to everyone who supported me and my campaign to build a brighter economic future for Vermont and Vermonters. I had so many memorable moments and conversations out there on the campaign trail. I am thankful for each interaction, kind word and gesture, and for the values that bind us as Vermonters.

I got into politics eight years ago not because I wanted to be a politician, but because I wanted to help people. I am grateful for the groundbreaking work I accomplished on the House Education Committee and on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Shortly after the election, I stopped by an old friend's office to thank him for his support. He gave me this quote from a pitch-perfect speech by Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”...

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This is madness. And we must work together to stop it.

The gun-violence-prevention legislation passed in the House of Representatives is a positive step in the right direction

A Florida high-school student poignantly asked “What about our right to live?” several days after the recent high-school shooting, when 17 of our nation's best and brightest senselessly lost their lives. This beautiful young woman and three of her peers appeared on “CBS This Morning.” They were responding to...

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Breach of trust

How Vermonters should protect identities and personal information in the aftermath of the Equifax crisis

One hundred forty-six million U.S. residents had their personal information hacked or stolen as part of the recent Equifax security breach. Here in Vermont, one out of every two adults, or 240,000 Vermonters, had their privacy invaded and their trust shattered by such breaches. This violation of Vermonters' trust...

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Louder than words

There's an old saying and, like a lot of old sayings, there is a lot of truth to it: Actions speak louder than words. That axiom comes to mind when House and Senate Democrats reflect on the last session, which, unfortunately, hasn't ended yet because Governor Phil Scott vetoed the budget. As a result, the Legislature plans to convene again on June 21 and 22 and attempt to reach a compromise that will avert our state government's shutdown. During his...

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Pearce is pragmatic, apolitical as treasurer

Beth Pearce's pragmatic problem-solving skills and apolitical approach to managing the state treasurer's office are exactly what we need to ensure the financial health of our state. As our new state treasurer in 2010, Beth's leadership caused Vermont's bond rating to improve from AA stable to AA positive, during a time when Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. bond rating. Vermont now has the best bond rating in New England. Why does this matter to the average Vermonter? Now, homeowners...

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Stuart thanks District 1 voters

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Condemn all efforts to stifle VY discussion

Unfortunately, I was not surprised to learn of the Department of Public Service's “swift boat”–style, personal attacks on Arnie Gunderson, Senator Peter Shumlin's appointee to conduct the comprehensive vertical audit of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee mandated by Act 189 that is now under way. (Governor Douglas and Gaye Symington also named appointees to help conduct the audit.) I, too, have been on the receiving end of the wrath of another member of this merry cast of players. Back in 2005,

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