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.”
For more information, visit http://www.emiliekornheiser.org/