Middlebury selectboard


ESTHER THOMAS
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...
If you have ever attended a meeting of the Middlebury selectboard you soon realize that it is a lot of work — and not remotely glamorous. Though we may like to envision our selectboard deftly steering us into an ideal future, the fact is that much of the work is steeped in procedure and involves the rather routine governance of our little town. Quite a substantial amount of the selectboard’s work involves making a limited number of dollars stretch to do the most possible good for the community.  Andy Hooper has shown himself to be someone who is willing to put in that level of thoughtful and...
The downtown railroad bridge reconstruction project of last summer created a difficult time for our local business community. At the same time came an unprecedented pandemic we are all still hoping to recover from, causing even more strain on our local economy. As the Town of Middlebury prepares to emerge from one of the most challenging periods in its history, our local government will play an important role in how quickly and effectively our community recovers. This is a time, more than ever, when experience and understanding the role of a selectboard member is crucial. The challenges are...
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. As...
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...
Please vote for Andy Hooper for Middlebury selectboard. Andy is a caring, competent, and committed member of our community. He cares about us, as evidenced by his service on the Ilsley Library Board of Trustees, Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Solid Waste District, and Communications Union District. Andy and his wife Caitlin Myers, who teaches economics at Middlebury College, are committed to living and raising their four school-age children here. They have put enormous energy and love into renovating their in-town Victorian home. Andy is professionally competent in business...
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 writing to the Addison Independent to express my support for Andy Hooper as a member of the Middlebury selectboard. I discovered Andy’s eclectic demeanor soon after meeting him indirectly through my friendship with his son Zeke. My first interactions with Andy were at Tinker and Smithy in downtown Middlebury, where he could often be found spending time playing games with his family. However, Andy’s care now extends beyond his family as he campaigns for the betterment of the community. With previous experience on the Montpelier City council, Andy brings confidence, knowledge, and...
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...

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