Experience and Commitment

To the editor:

Experience counts!

Jane Kitchel has experience that serves us well.

I’m voting for Jane Kitchel for the Caledonia/Orange District in the Vermont Senate. I hope you will, too.

I’ve talked with Jane about open meetings, public records, racial equity, transportation, property taxes, police, schools, health care, higher education and more. I’ve talked with her in Hardwick, at the State House, on the telephone and written back and forth. She is accessible, she listens and she responds.

Jane knows how to make government work. She works for all of us. She knows how to get things done.

Jane, a life-long Danville resident, is a respected leader in the Vermont Senate, serving as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee since 2010 and as clerk of the Senate Transportation Committee. (The just signed state budget passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.) Her many years as an administrator in state government gave her understanding about how funding and policy proposals interact — and don’t.

Before winning election in 2004, she had a career, starting after college, as a social worker in St. Johnsbury, to later serving as commissioner of Social Welfare under Gov. Howard Dean and then he appointed her Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

As the commissioner, Jane designed the Dr. Dynasaur Program, which provides health and wellness care to thousands of pregnant women and children in Vermont who otherwise might not have any. The program continues to this day.

This year, she was instrumental in working out the complex money issues related to Covid-19 and before that she did the same after Tropical Storm Irene. She has worked to help veterans, college students, and schools and towns throughout the district.

Jane does not hang up her hat when she gets home from the State House. She shows up, at senior centers and community centers, at the Grange, at local chambers of commerce, at fire stations, at community festivals — from Hardwick to Bradford and towns in-between. She also serves on local and state-wide boards. Among them are the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Bradford’s Enhanced Living Inc., and the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center.

The continued service of Jane Kitchel in the Vermont Senate is important to all residents of the Caledonia/Orange District.

Please join me in voting to re-elect Jane Kitchel to the Vermont Senate.

Ross Connelly