This is not a typical election year.
Instead it is a year of multiple crises; one a global pandemic leading to health, economic, and social hardship. The other is a crisis of social discord and antagonism fanned by the White House and amplifying the existing hardships. As much as we would like to focus fully on the first crisis, the second crisis shapes not just our ability to respond, but trust in our institutions and leadership.
Vermont, our brave little state, has risen to these challenges with common sense and unity of purpose. The Democratic Legislature and the Republican administration are both committed to listening to the best science and taking whatever actions are needed to provide both safety and economic relief.Within the Legislature the House Leadership, which I am a part of, has beenmeeting twice a week seeking and finding common ground among Democrats, Republicans, Progressives, and Independents. This is what crisis response should be.
As I write this in early May, my work most definitely not normal. Unimaginable just 2 months ago, the Legislature is meeting remotely, a realistic annual budget is largely speculation, and unemployment is nearing 30%. Legislators are spending a great deal of time trying to resolve unemployment issues and to help where it is needed most. And it is an election year. In light of the ongoing crises, campaigning is far down my list, given that public safety and the state economy are top priorities. So for the time being I will continue to be Stay Home and Stay Safe and to do what you elected me to do: to provide common sense representation and leadership for our communities and the state of Vermont.