Middlebury representative in the Vermont State House for a stunning 27 years, Betty
offers a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the legislature. She talks
about her considerable experience, working in government, forging laws, as well as
her background, practicing as one of the first 100 female lawyers. She describes
some of her triumphs working in the committees she's been a part of, and some of her
hopes for the future, approaching the 2014 House election in November, and the
Democratic primary on August 26th.
Amy Sheldon returns to the show to talk about her candidacy for the Vermont House of
Representatives, describing the unique personal character of Vermont politics, and
how she was inspired to envisage women in leadership roles through the example of
former Vermont Governor, Madeleine Kunin. She talks about health care as a prominent
issue moving forward, both in itself as a social concern, and as an economic factor
impacting local business development and school budgets. Amy emphasizes her
considerable expertise in ecology and community planning, and speaks with passion
about her desire to serve the people of Middlebury in Montpelier.
Running for the Vermont State House of Representatives, Donna Donahue speaks with
eloquence and passion about the interdependent character of government and the
social fabric – how education, health and the economy are inextricably woven
together, and how any political approach to these critical issues must be holistic
in its vision. She offers a refreshingly positive view of the Vermont legislature,
while stressing the significance of economic development, highlighting some of her
accomplishments through the Better Middlebury Partnership, and her experience
working in business development at the National Bank of Middlebury – providing an
insightful and nuanced introduction to her candidacy.