MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas on Tuesday defeated Andy Hooper, 812-633, in the race for a one-year term on the Middlebury selectboard.
Meanwhile, incumbent selectboard members Farhad Khan (1,286 tallies) and Lindsey Fuentes-George (1,281) both ran unopposed for three-year terms on the board.
It was Thomas’s first run for elective office since moving to Middlebury two years ago from Rhode Island to take a job as a residence director at Middlebury College. She’ll serve out the final year of a term vacated last year by former Selectman Victor Nuovo.
“I am speechless, over the moon and filled with...
I was encouraged to read in Laura Asermily’s letter the strong feeling that both of these candidates for the one-year remainder of Victor Nuovo’s term would make excellent selectboard members. I feel my position as a local minister demands neutrality when it comes to public advocacy of particular candidates for the selectboard. And I don’t know Andy. But I do know Esther well as an active congregant who works with me on planning Sunday services. Because she is new enough in town that she is not widely known, I hope it will be helpful to voters for me to share a few observations about her.
I believe Esther Thomas is the right choice for Middlebury selectboard. The town of Middlebury is currently undergoing multiple challenges, some of which predate, but have been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. These include challenges with affordability, a declining commercial downtown, and demographic shift.
Esther Thomas will bring a much-needed perspective to the selectboard as the town grapples with best approaches to these challenges. Her close work with college students gives her insight into what is attractive to a younger crowd. Her history with communities of color will help us...
A couple of years ago, I posted a question on social media to the effect of, “How do you build community?” It was something I was pondering as I watched what seemed like the destruction of our democracy. I was slowly coming to the realization that democracy is fragile, that it must be nurtured, and that we all need to be serious in our role as its stewards.
I received a number of responses to my query, from a variety of people, and they were all a little different. After thinking things over, I realized what they all had in common was that they all required action. Community isn’t something...
I am writing a letter in support of Esther Thomas for the open Middlebury selectboard seat. Esther is a brilliant, organized and enthusiastic young woman who would be an asset to our town.
Vermont continues to face population declines for young adults and families with school age children. We need to develop creative solutions to ensure that our state is an attractive place to live for both young native Vermonters as well as younger transplants from other regions. As the ongoing school consolidation discussion illustrates, Vermont cannot continue down the path of losing young workers, college...
I am energized to cast my vote for Esther Thomas to become the newest member of the Middlebury selectboard.
Esther is unlike the perennial candidate for elected office, a quality that is both refreshing and imperative. Esther is a woman, a single mom of two kids, a person of color, and a full-time worker. Striving to make Middlebury work for working families, Esther brings an intersectional perspective that has long been missing from town discussions of priorities, policies and budgets. A thoughtful listener, Esther will bring to the selectboard the experiences and voices of Middlebury...
Esther Thomas is running for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard, the seat previously held by Victor Nuovo. I have come to know Esther as a fellow board member of the Middlebury Natural Foods Coop. She adds energy and thoughtfulness to our work, is a very discerning listener, and has no personal agenda to promote.
Esther moved to Middlebury a couple of years ago to take a position at Middlebury College. She is a Residence Director within the Student Life staff, a job that requires sound management skills, excellent communication, and firm knowledge of guidelines and campus...
I was fortunate enough to meet Esther Thomas shortly after she moved to Middlebury, and I am thrilled that she is running for a seat on the Middlebury selectboard. Esther has shown herself to be one of those people who looks for ways to be of service by building community wherever she goes. She is a bright light, an excellent communicator, and a warm-hearted leader.
I met Esther when she started attending our church, where she immediately joined our worship team and showed herself to be a powerful public speaker.
Esther is dedicated to listening to Middlebury residents, and if elected to the...
I am writing in support of Esther Thomas for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard vacated by Victor Nuovo. Esther is a Residence Director at Middlebury College, part of the Student Life Staff. She moved to Middlebury to take this position two years ago and immediately fell in love with Vermont, and Middlebury in particular, recognizing it as a wonderful community in which to raise her two children.
With an undergraduate degree in history and communication, and a master’s in communication and public relations, Esther’s job requires her to manage a staff of 18 students. She is...
MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas and Andy Hooper on March 2 will compete for a one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard, while incumbents Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan each will run unopposed for three-year terms on the panel.
Independent Senior Reporter John Flowers reached out to all four candidates to get a sense of what is motivating them to run, and a glimpse of what they hope to accomplish if endorse by voters on Town Meeting Day. What follows are brief profiles of the four candidates, based on interviews and/or email exchanges.
Esther Thomas moved to Middlebury...