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Kornheiser grabs nomination

August 16, 2018
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Chris Mays

BRATTLEBORO — Since April, Emilie Kornheiser had been campaigning in hopes of securing the Democratic nomination for the Windham-2-1 state representative seat.

Since beating incumbent Valerie Stuart in Tuesday's primary election, she is going to take a breath before getting into the next journey of her political career.

"I'm going to relax, then I'm looking forward to campaigning on behalf of the whole Democratic ticket into November," she said referring to the general election. "We have a lot to do in this state to pass the bills we need to pass and have conversations that we need to have."

After going unchallenged during her eight years as state representative, Stuart lost in a 589-227 vote, according to unofficial results announced by Brattleboro Town Clerk Hilary Francis in the Municipal Center shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night.

Kornheiser told reporters she thought her campaign brought out a lot of people who don't normally vote in primary elections.

"That was old fashioned get out the vote," she said. "It was realizing that people want to feel connected, they want to be part of democracy and they need to be invited in. That's why I was knocking on every door. It was running a really solid social media campaign. It was having a lot of events in a lot of diverse neighborhoods with a lot of diverse invitations."

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Kornheiser defeats Stuart, a four-term incumbent—In state representative race, a rare primary challenge ends in an upset

August 15, 2018
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Randolph T. Holhut

BRATTLEBORO—Voters in Windham County had several contested primary races to vote in in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary.

And the Windham 2-1 House district that encompasses West Brattleboro saw a big win for newcomer Emile Kornheiser, who defeated four-term incumbent Valerie Stuart, 589 to 227.

Kornheiser will be running unopposed on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Speaking at her victory party at American Legion Post 5, Kornheiser thanked her supporters.

“We turned out more people for a primary than we have in a dozen years” she said. “It shows that people want to vote, they want to speak and be heard. We saw so many people today who hadn’t voted in years.”

Kornheiser said economic justice is a big part of her agenda for when she gets to the Statehouse, and she is looking forward to bringing the stories of the people of West Brattleboro to the Legislature.

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Brattleboro voters show up; Kornheiser defeats Stuart in Windham-2-1

August 14, 2018
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Chris Mays

BRATTLEBORO — Turnout during the primary election Tuesday was higher than Town Clerk Hilary Francis anticipated....

In the hotly contested race for state representative in the West Brattleboro district known as Windham-2-1, Emilie Kornheiser toppled incumbent Valerie Stuart by a vote of 589-227.

Tuesday's primary election marked the first time Stuart was challenged for the seat in her eight years representing Windham-2-1. Francis said more than 50 percent of early voting had been done by voters in that district.

Stuart served on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, and the House Committee on Education before that. She previously said she wanted to continue looking at funding technical education programs, marketing Vermont in an effort to retain and attract younger people, making the state more affordable for families, having women better represented in careers across industries and fighting climate change.

Before the votes were tallied, Stuart said she had seen a big showing at the polls.

"We want people to vote, we've made it easier for people to vote, we want public engagement," she said. "It's good to see."

Kornheiser launched her campaign in April.

"I decided to run because I really wanted the lens of politics to be expanded a little bit," she said at the time. "I want people in Montpelier to be represented by someone who understands what it means to live here and what the variety of experiences of most of the citizens in the state looks like."

Kornheiser has worked in early childhood development as a case manager, a specialist for the state's Promise Community initiative and a director for the state's Early Childhood Action Plan. She helped found the Windham County Action Network. She also serves as a Brattleboro Town Meeting member.

Her campaign for Legislature focused on livable wages, fighting climate change, strengthening the state's health care system, education, affordable housing, social supports and access to high quality utilities.

Before the votes were tallied, Kornheiser said the election felt "busy and exciting" and called it "the middle of a really great journey for the community."

"I think our community really wants a full, transparent, dynamic election experience," she said.

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Sanders' Our Revolution endorses Kornheiser

August 10, 2018

BRATTLEBORO — Our Revolution has made its first endorsement in Vermont this election cycle. The organization, dubbed "the next step for Bernie Sanders' movement," has endorsed Emilie Kornheiser for Vermont House of Representatives in Brattleboro District 1 (Windham 2-1).

On learning of the endorsement late Tuesday, Kornheiser tweeted "So proud to be part of a national movement to have a government FOR the people and BY the people that SERVES the people."

Kornheiser says her campaign platform is strongly aligned with Our Revolution's priorities, including "Medicare for all," paid family leave, and a higher minimum wage. 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.

"Committing to community means investing in both people and the systems that support them," Kornheiser said in a statement. "When we invest in our communities, we grow strong economies, build broad tax bases, and create capacity to direct our resources toward what really matters."

Kornheiser is challenging incumbent Rep. Valerie Stuart in the Democratic primary. The final day for voting in the 2018 primary is Aug. 14.

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Letter: Kornheiser support

August 10, 2018
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Tim Wessel

Editor of the Reformer,

I believe in partnerships. Time and time again when I see examples of people improving the lives of others in our community, I see that partnerships have made that happen. Whether it's multiple agencies coming together in Brattleboro to spearhead project C.A.R.E. that provides real help to those suffering from addiction, or the hundreds of individuals who have given money and energy to insuring that our kids can have a skate park, I see partnerships as a driving force for good.

I support Emilie Kornheiser for State Representative because I have seen clear evidence that Emilie believes in partnerships too, and that she will be an excellent choice to represent the interests of Brattleboro residents. Her current efforts doing workforce development for Youth Services, which is partnering with Groundworks Collaborative to develop a jobs program, has been impressive to me. Her role as the leader of Brattleboro's Human Services Committee, a group tasked with making very difficult decisions in partnership with Town Meeting Representatives, has been outstanding. Her history is one of identifying problems, brainstorming solutions, then facilitating partnerships that will lead to solid outcomes.

Finally, on a more personal note, when I speak to Emilie on a subject about which we may have differing views, I don't feel a stubborn opposition but rather a willingness to listen, an ability to acknowledge my view of the issue, and then a sincere desire to partner with me in reaching an understanding - the first step in forming an alliance in finding a solution. That's the person I want representing our town. Emilie will be a true asset for us in Montpelier, and I hope the voters of District 1 will join me in supporting Emilie Kornheiser and our shared belief in the power of partnerships.

Tim Wessel

Brattleboro, Aug. 8

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Letter: More Kornheiser support

August 10, 2018
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Matthew Wright

Editor of the Reformer,

I want to encourage all my neighbors in West Brattleboro to vote for Emilie Kornheiser as our state representative. This kind of thing is new to me. Myself, I was not particularly involved in politics before the last election, and that was a real wake up. Things suddenly seemed to slide in a dark direction and I was looking around for a way to get involved and do something, anything, to help. I went to a Democratic Party meeting expecting I could sign up to fight the good fight, but I was wrong. It was just business as usual, mixed with some hand wringing. Other groups were much focused on addressing the crisis, but they seemed so scared and negative that I wasn't sure what good, new direction we could find. As I stuck with it I noticed that Emilie Kornheiser was consistently finding a path that combined optimism, commitment to values, and the generosity of spirit to really engage with folks that disagree. She has been showing up, speaking and organizing tirelessly since the last election. She is always reminding us that solutions exist, that we can pursue these solutions without compromising on our values, and that in the end we will only get there by working with folks in our community that we initially are at odds with. One of the gifts of the last few years is that people like Emilie have been willing to step forward and run for office. Emilie is an honest, clear communicator who has knocked on just about every door in our district. She has shown that she is willing to work hard and work with everyone. If we want things to be different in our country in the coming years, we need to make changes right now in who holds office locally and who represents us in Vermont. There have not been a whole lot of bright spots in our political life recently, but right now we have this opportunity. You can vote in the town clerk's office and it takes about three minutes. It is a wonderful, simple way to take a step in the right direction.

Matthew Wright

Brattleboro, Aug. 8

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It's Vermont election season again! Here's what you need to know.

August 2, 2018
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VT Digger

Vermonters go to the polls again in the primary election on August 14, where they will choose the candidates for the November election for Governor, statewide offices, and the Vermont Legislature. Follow our guide to learn more about the candidates in their own words, as well as read election coverage, see roll call votes, and more.

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As a business owner, I will be voting for Emilie Kornheiser

August 1, 2018
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Ben Madow

I will be voting for Emilie Kornheiser to represent me in Montpelier. At the heart of Emilie’s platform is the idea that we all do better when we see ourselves as part of a community, instead of in isolation. I believe that Emilie is right.

As a business owner, I recognize that my employees’ challenges are my challenges. People who have a sense of stability in their lives are able to make it to work, and perform better when they are there. Access to affordable healthcare and childcare, sick and family paid leave time, and a decent base wage all help create that stability. The more we can do to support these fundamental needs, the more our workforce and economy can thrive.

Emilie has the vision, drive and experience that will help transform these values into practical legislation that will benefit all of us, together.

Ben Madow

Brattleboro

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Kornheiser: Commitment to environmental sustainability, energy efficiency

August 1, 2018
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Jonathan Morse

I am writing in support of Emilie Kornheiser’s bid to be elected as the state representative from District 1 in Brattleboro. Her people skills, knowledge of and commitment to the Brattleboro community, and personal integrity make her an ideal candidate to represent our district.

A particular issue that is important to her is dear to my heart. She is a strong advocate for environmental sustainability and has shown a deep commitment to energy efficiency.

I urge all voters in District 1 to consider voting for her.

Jonathan Morse

Marlboro

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Urges votes for Mrowicki, Balint, White, and Kornheiser

August 1, 2018
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Julie Cunningham

In these more-than-difficult times, it takes real courage and tenacity to be a voice for marginalized people.

Representative Mike Mrowicki of Putney and Senators Becca Balint and Jeannette White have consistently and effectively advocated for people with disabilities and for poor and low-income community members; they have fought for legislation that addresses systemic racism in Vermont.

We are extremely fortunate to have their representation in Montpelier, and I hope you will join me in voting for their continued presence in the Statehouse.

Similarly, I have worked with Emilie Kornheiser for the past two years on several workgroups for social change and justice. Emilie has the ability to bridge people from different viewpoints, to build consensus without losing her passion, and to listen deeply. She will make a great addition to the southern Vermont delegation, and I wholeheartedly endorse her bid for state representative.

Julie Cunningham

Brattleboro

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Letter: Kornheiser listens and takes action

July 25, 2018
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Stewart McDermet

Editor of the Reformer,

I am writing to encourage our neighbors who live in Brattleboro District 1 to vote for Emily Kornheiser for representative in the August 14th primary election.

What really impressed me about Emily Kornheiser is when I watched her at the West Brattleboro Bar-b-que this spring talking to people who dropped by. For more than three hours she actively listened. And I mean actively listened. She intently focused on the person speaking and then spoke only to clarify and fully understand the person's concerns. She was not in a hurry to move on. It was a diverse community with diverse concerns and I saw she was concerned with all of it.

Others have already elaborated on her demonstrated activities for economic development, health care inequality, social justice, and our environmental responsibilities. Voting began June 29 at the Town Clerks's office.

Stewart McDermet

Brattleboro, July 19

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Kornheiser: 'clear, consistent, authentic message, competence, and vision'

July 25, 2018
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Martha B. Straus

I offer my enthusiastic support for Emilie Kornheiser’s bid for state representative.

I’ve lived and worked in the Brattleboro area for my entire adult life. As a clinical psychologist, I care deeply about our community — though recently, like many of us, I have become increasingly skeptical and distressed about politics and politicians.

When I shuffled into Emilie’s campaign kickoff gathering, my cynicism came along. But then she began to tell us about her inclusive worldview; she revealed a nuanced and humane understanding of community engagement.

Characteristically (as I have since discovered), she also left ample time to hear what was on our minds. Emily listened so carefully and, with warmth, smarts, and respect, addressed a range of challenging and fearful questions.

Her energy was inspirational and transformative. As she lifted my sagging spirits, Emilie was impassioned and expansive; I even found myself on the verge of tears when she talked about homelessness in our beloved town.

Incredibly, I left that first encounter with a renewed bounce in my step. I continue to be so impressed by her clear, consistent, authentic message, competence, and vision for the future.

We need compassionate leadership, perhaps now more than ever. I believe Emilie — and her generous, unjaded heart — will work tirelessly for us all.

I’m on my way to vote for her right now, and hope you will, too.

Martha B. Straus

Brattleboro

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Letter: Kornheiser stands with working families

July 22, 2018
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David Van Deusen

Editor of the Reformer,

As a District Vice President for the AFL-CIO, as the former Union Rep. for AOT and Vermont Department of Health workers in the Brattleboro area, and as a former Brattleboro resident myself, I am pleased to offer my personal endorsement of Emilie Kornheiser for State Representative. I have known Emilie for 20 years and always recognized her as being on our side. Emilie stands with us working people on the issues we care about. She supports a $15 an hour livable wage, paid family medical leave, and universal healthcare as a human right. She is also a strong advocate for organized labor. All told, I cannot think of a better person in the community to represent the people of Brattleboro. Emilie shares our values and will be a strong advocate for working families. A vote for Emilie is a vote for a better more democratic and more equitable future for Vermont.

David Van Deusen

Cabot, July 19

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Letter: Kornheiser for Representative

July 18, 2018
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Bill Jahn

Editor of the Reformer,

After attending the Windham 2-1 Candidate Forum at the West Brattleboro Fire Station, my choice for State Representative is clear. I will be voting for Emilie Kornheiser. Emilie is insightful, articulate, and thoughtful. Her clear and direct communication style will make her a valuable asset in the legislature not only for the district but for all of Southern Vermont. Her ability to ask difficult questions and her commitment to bringing people together make her approachable for all the different constituents that live in District 1.

Bill Jahn

Brattleboro, July 13

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Kornheiser: demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity

July 18, 2018
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Jeffrey M. Lewis

I am impressed by Emilie Kornheiser’s experience and preparation for public service. She has engaged in a wide variety of work settings — local and international, policy-making and service-oriented.

In Vermont, she has engaged with both the Snelling Center for Government and Emerge America to be ready to fully participate in Vermont’s policy life. She has thought carefully about the best way to use her multiple talents, and I am pleased that she demonstrates knowledge and sensitivity about the fundamental challenges to Vermont’s economy, social-justice framework, and environmental responsibility.

Balancing the demands of all three is crucial to our ability to take care of Vermont and Vermonters in the years ahead.

There is hard work to do, and Emilie is prepared to undertake it. I am pleased to support her candidacy for state representative in Brattleboro’s Windham 2-1 district.

Jeffrey M. Lewis

Brattleboro

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Kornheiser: insightful leadership

July 18, 2018
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Dianne Clouet

I am writing to express my support for Emilie Kornheiser’s candidacy for state representative.

I’ve lived in Vermont for 27 years and in Brattleboro for 21 years. I have been a teacher in this town’s public schools for 20 years, and I’ve been teaching for over 30 years.

I first met Emilie while she was leading a large contingent of townspeople in her role as the Green Street Promise Community Coordinator. I was drawn to her insightful leadership, and I became involved in the formation of the Promise Community largely as a result.

Through Emilie, I learned to look at and to listen to my fellow townspeople more closely. Emilie believes in community, and she actively promotes the connections that develop a strong one.

I contribute to and support Emilie’s campaign because I want the politics of Brattleboro and the state to support the communities we live in, and I invite my neighbors to do the same.

Dianne Clouet

Brattleboro

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Appreciates Kornheiser's leadership style

July 18, 2018
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John Hatton

I strongly support Emilie Kornheiser’s candidacy and election to the office of state representative.

I had the pleasure of serving with Emilie on the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s board of directors and found her to be a clear and thoughtful thinker, very good listener, and team player, able to help build consensus and direction.

I appreciate her leadership style, and believe that she’ll be a great representative at the state level.

John Hatton

Westminster

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Letter: Kornheiser for Representative

July 18, 2018
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Leah Nussbaum

Editor of the Reformer,

I am inspired to write by the candidacy and campaign of Emilie Kornheiser for State Representative of District 1. I have lived in Brattleboro for 20 years and been a nurse at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for almost 15 years. During that time I have had many conversations with Emilie about the state of the world and our community, and have come to rely on her informed, intelligent, compassionate, clear-eyed, and creative perspective. She is courageous in her truth-telling, but never grandstand-y or gratuitously confrontational. Emilie has a rare gift for bringing people into the conversation without sacrificing her own point of view. She is not afraid of ideas, and her politics have a nuance and generosity that are rare in today's climate. I am excited and proud to support Emilie's campaign and to vote for her early at Town Hall. I cannot wait to see what she does once she is elected! Thank you.

Leah Nussbaum

Brattleboro, July 13

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Letter: Kornheiser for Representative

July 18, 2018
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Robin MacArthur

Editor of the Reformer,

I am writing to encourage my Brattleboro District 1 neighbors to vote for Emilie Kornheiser for Representative in the August 14th primary election. Over the past two years, I've had the opportunity to work with Emilie on several community organizing projects. I was immediately impressed with her broad and nuanced understanding of the issues facing our community, her compassionate approach, and her creative and courageous solutions to our challenges—from economic development to healthcare to inequality. I admire and appreciate Emilie's ability to bring people together in difficult conversations, her skillful facilitation, and her honest desire to truly hear every side of every story. During these times of divisive politics, Emilie is the new kind of leader we need: empathetic, creative, smart, outspoken, knowledgeable, and courageous. The primary election began on June 29; I hope my neighbors will all support Emilie in this campaign. Sincerely, Robin MacArthur Marlboro

Robin MacArthur

Marlboro, July 10

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Political newcomer focuses on outcomes

June 27, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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. https://soundcloud.com/earspoon/emilie-kornheiser-for-state-representative

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Emilie Kornheiser hoping to build a better community

April 16, 2018
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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.”

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

Here we Are with guest Emilie Kornheiser

March 21, 2018
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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
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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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