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8/14/2018

We did it!

We did it! You did it. We did this together: the campaign team, more than 50 volunteers, more than 150 donors, and the entire West Brattleboro community. According to unofficial results, I am the Democratic nominee for Vermont House of Representatives in Windham 2-1.


8/14/2018

It's a beautiful day for democracy!

It may be wet out, but it's a beautiful day for democracy!

Polls are open at the Municipal Center (230 Main Street) until 7pm.

If you know someone who needs transportation to vote, have them call or text Chad Simmons at 802-451-8627 to arrange a ride. (Rides will be available until 6pm.)


8/13/2018

Gratitude.

The primary is tomorrow—Tuesday the 14th—and I’m filled with such incredible gratitude for the team we’ve put together.


8/12/2018

What it's going to take

We need to have the courage to listen deeply, to go into the community, sit on doorsteps, and say “What matters to you?” That’s what it’s going to take for Vermont government to be the participatory democracy that we say it is.

It’s going to take each of us stripping away our righteousness and walking towards each other, with questions, with coalitions, and with excitement for this new future.


8/5/2018

Rally for healthcare justice and a stronger democracy

Our healthcare system is broken. I think we can all agree on that. People are suffering, dying, and going bankrupt because they can’t afford the care they need. This has to stop.


7/30/2018

Voter Suppression Film Coming to Brattleboro August 1

Election day is nearly here, and I hope you and your friends have been getting to the polls! To mark the last weeks of primary season, we're screening a new important documentary about voter suppression: Capturing the Flag, a film by Anne DeMare. Join us Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm in the Hooker Dunham Theatre at 132 Main St. Refreshments will be served!


7/17/2018

I'm listening.

The way I see it, good policy is built of three threads: what researchers can tell us (evidence-based practices), what people who implement policy can tell us (professional experience), and what communities can tell us (lived experience). I’ve built a career on listening, on making spaces for people to speak, and on finding strategies at the intersection of these three threads.


7/4/2018

Parading for democracy!

Emilie, her family, and campaign volunteers marched in the Brattleboro Goes Fourth parade, today. Some of our signs included "Work for Democracy" and "Everyone Help - Help Everyone."


6/28/2018

Focus on Housing

Housing in Vermont has been at crisis levels for many years now. Brattleboro has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country, and our wages don't come close to the more than $20 per hour needed for market rate housing.


6/27/2018

Lawn signs are here!

Is your yard feeling left out of the political excitement this primary season?!? Fear not, our lawn signs are here!


6/20/2018

Join us for an Action Festival to celebrate the first day of voting!

Celebrate the First Day of Voting this primary season!

Vote at the Town Clerk's office, then stroll on up Main Street and join us on the Common for food, music, and fun.


6/18/2018

Join Emilie for Community Vision at Tiny House Fest

Emilie will be MC'ing the Community Vision Stage at Tiny House Fest this weekend!


6/18/2018

Meet the Campaign Team: Jennifer Jacobs

Meet Jennifer Jacobs, who helps organize our campaign volunteers. Jen is a small business owner with deep roots in our community. She says:


6/14/2018

Emilie Endorsed by VSEA

Proud to announce my first endorsement, from Vermont State Employees' Association (VSEA). Unions are the bedrock and lifeline for workers' rights in this country, and around the world. I couldn’t be more proud to be endorsed by this union, and I look forward to working every day in the legislature to support our public sector.


6/11/2018

Meet the Campaign Team: Joyce Sullivan, Volunteer Team

So many amazing folks are helping with the work of this campaign! Let me introduce you to Joyce Sullivan, a key member of our Events Team:


6/8/2018

Campaign T-Shirts and Tote Bags are available!

Follow this link to order!

https://teespring.com/stores/elect-emilie


6/5/2018

Meet the Campaign Team: Sierra Dickey, Campaign Coordinator

Over the next few weeks, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing folks who are working on this campaign with me. Meet Sierra Dickey, our Campaign Coordinator.


5/31/2018

Where to find us this weekend: with the heifers!

Join Emilie and the campaign team for a glorious weekend in Brattleboro!

Here's where to find us:


5/30/2018

Emilie has filed her paperwork to be on the ballot!

On Tuesday, Emilie filed her petition to run for State Representative for Brattleboro District 1. Though only 50 signatures are required, Emilie's petition had more than 200.

Here is the full announcement:


5/25/2018

This Saturday: Meet Emilie at the West Brattleboro Association Annual Barbecue!

Chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and community! The barbecue takes place yearly on Western Avenue in the West Brattleboro village center. 11 am - 2 pm, but come early because they always sell out.


5/16/2018

The case for family leave and a higher minimum wage—in the Governor's terms

Sometimes it helps to speak the language of the people in power, or at least the people you are speaking to, so let’s make the case for an increased minimum wage and paid family leave using Governor Scott’s own words and logic:


5/14/2018

Camp for a Common Cause - Friday May 18

Join Emilie and the campaign team at Camp for a Common Cause 2018!


5/13/2018

I run because of what I've seen as a mother

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m running for office because I’m a mother. But not simply because I want to make the world a better place for my son—I think he’ll do that quite well himself....


4/8/2018

What do we talk about when we talk about guns in Vermont?

I was proud of my state these last few weeks, as student activists made their voices heard, and our legislature listened: quickly passing a series of new measures to increase the safety of our gun culture. When we talk about guns in Vermont we often get into the same conversation about “here and away” or “the way things were.” Sometimes we enter the national dialogue and start talking about “rights.” These are all perfect frames to unpack and ask ourselves questions like “whose history?” and “whose rights”? What did the Abenaki think of those guns? Do we hear the stories of mothers whose sons and fathers shot themselves, or the thousands and thousand of women who have been threatened—“kept in line” by guns throughout Vermont history?