Political newcomer focuses on outcomes

June 27, 2018
Olga Peters

BRATTLEBORO—“We don’t have to be singing the same Kumbaya song,” Emilie Kornheiser said. “We just need to know our destinies are wrapped up together.”

A first-time candidate for Windham 2-1, Kornheiser wants to talk to everyone in Windham County, regardless of whether they live in West Brattleboro. In the August primaries, Kornheiser will face incumbent and fellow Democrat Valerie Stuart to represent Brattleboro’s District 1.

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Check this out! Action Fest on June 29.

June 25, 2018
WKVT Radio - Green Mountain Mornings

Emilie had a great conversation with Olga Peters on Green Mountain Mornings—hear about plans for the Action Festival and more!

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Spending policies should address the future

June 13, 2018
Emilie Kornheiser

The governor has been pushing a story of high taxes and bloated schools with his talking points about "affordability," but isn't it the job of a leader to look to the future? I've been knocking on my neighbors' doors for the last month, talking about what matters: taxes, education, healthcare, families, and why I think we need new representation in Montpelier. These conversations inevitably circle back to the questions we need to be asking of any of our policies: Who is most affected? What might be the unintended consequences?

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Emilie Kornheiser files petition to run for Windham 2-1 House seat

May 29, 2018

Brattleboro – Emilie Kornheiser has filed her Election Nominating Petition to run for State Representative in Windham 2-1 (Brattleboro District 1). Her petition included 200 signatures, far exceeding the 50 signatures required.

Kornheiser previously announced her candidacy at an event in West Brattleboro attended by more than 70 members of the local community. At that event, she emphasized her desire to find systemic solutions to the challenges facing Vermonters: “I’d like to see our politics move from sound bites and band-aid policies to creative thinking about systems and impact. My professional background is in accountability—helping governments and organizations get results. I’d like to bring that work to our state legislature on behalf of my community.”

A strong advocate of grassroots democratic engagement, Kornheiser plans to focus her campaign on building participation in the political process: “I want this campaign to be an opportunity for us to have real conversations about what we want and need for our communities—in Brattleboro and in Vermont.” So far, the campaign has more than 100 donors and more than 50 volunteers working to engage their neighbors in participatory democracy.

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Campaign Kickoff

April 14, 2018

Watch the video of the campaign kickoff party! Emilie gives an inspiring talk about why she's running, and answers great questions from the audience. More than 70 community members gathered at American Traders on Marlboro Road for the kickoff on April 14—the energy in the room was palpable, and the video captures the electricity. Special thanks to Ezlerh Oreste for filming!

Emilie Kornheiser for State Representative

April 24, 2018
EarSpoon - Radio when you want it.

Emilie is running against an incumbent for District One Representative. Listen to the Podcast and learn more about her.

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Emilie Kornheiser hoping to build a better community

April 16, 2018
Harmony Birch, Brattleboro Reformer

Emilie Kornheiser's superpower is facilitation; that's what she and people close to her say.

On Saturday, close to 75 people showed up as Kornheiser, a Democrat, launched her campaign for the Vermont House of Representatives. Kornheiser is running to represent Windham 2-1, or Brattleboro District 1, which encompasses west of Interstate 91, East Orchard Street, and Upper Dummerston Road.

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Emilie Kornheiser Announces Candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives

April 5, 2018

Emilie Kornheiser has announced her candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives from Windham 2-1. Also known as Brattleboro District 1, the district includes the areas of Brattleboro west of I-91, East Orchard Street, and Upper Dummerston Road. Kornheiser will challenge incumbent Valerie Stuart in the August 14 Democratic primary.

Kornheiser invites the public to join her for a campaign kickoff party and community conversation on April 14, 4-6pm, at American Traders on Marlboro Road. The event will feature music, food, childcare and activities for children, and a chance to speak with neighbors about community priorities.

Kornheiser plans to focus her campaign on building participation in the political process. “I’m running because I want to bring us together to create a government that works for everyone,” says Kornheiser. “I want this campaign to be an opportunity for us to have conversations about what we want and need for our communities—in Brattleboro and in Vermont.”

More than 20 years ago, when she was a student at Marlboro College, Kornheiser had her first experience of participatory democracy. “That first moment of realizing that my voice mattered—that by speaking up, I could change my community—it changed me,” she says. “I want everyone in the community to get that bug—to realize that their particular skills, interests, and perspective can and should be part of the equation, and that we are so lucky to live in a community that CAN be transformed to reflect the voices of everyone living in it.”

“Committing to Community” is the focus of Kornheiser’s campaign platform. She advocates investing in existing institutions to reflect the needs of the community, approaching economic development as community development, and focusing on access to quality healthcare and education, affordable housing and social supports, clean energy, and reliable and affordable telecommunications.

Kornheiser is the Director of Workforce Development for Youth Services, a new position focused on creating a spectrum of employment opportunities for Windham County youth, rooted in mentorship and building on the strengths of our many small businesses. Until recently, she was the Early Childhood Action Plan Director for Building Bright Futures, the statewide public-private partnership focused on improving the well-being of young children and families. Active in local and state organizations, Kornheiser is a Brattleboro delegate to the Windham County Democratic Committee and a co-founder and leader of WeCAN (the Windham County Action Network) and the Women’s Action Team. She represents District 1 in Brattleboro’s representative town meeting, and Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson recently appointed Kornheiser to the Vermont Commission on Women.

“Brattleboro has been my home since I was seventeen,” says Kornheiser. “Since I first moved here, I’ve been a student, a waitress, a business owner, a social service worker, and an international development consultant. This community came together to support me when I was a young single mother, and I’m committed to making the connections and developing the resources to make Brattleboro a place where everyone can thrive.”

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Here we Are with guest Emilie Kornheiser

March 21, 2018
Wendy O'Connell, Brattleboro Community Television

Emilie was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women in 2017.
She serves on many local community organizations and is currently the Director of the Early Childhood Action Plan for Building Bright Futures of Vermont.

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A Conversation with Emilie Kornheiser

February 7, 2018
Democracy, Eventually

An interview with Brattleboro Community member, Emilie Kornheiser about the Vermont Commission on Women, building resilient communities, and the recent Agency of Human Services proposal for a new Prison in VT.

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