Hecker announces candidacy for Vermont State Representative

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Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:27am -- Denise Sortor

Emily Hecker has announced her candidacy for State Representative for Chittenden-10. She will be one of two Democrats on Milton voters’ ballots August 11. Hecker currently serves as a Milton Town School District School Board Trustee and works for the Winooski School District as Communications and Development Director. She has also worked for a local substance abuse prevention organization. If elected, Hecker would be the first woman to represent Milton since the mid-1990s.

“I was raised to believe that service is an important part of being a good citizen and that if you have the ability to give back and make a difference, you should do so. And so, I am excited to make this announcement and officially begin my campaign to serve in the Vermont House of Representatives on behalf of the great people in and around Milton,” said Hecker.

Working and serving in public schools has empowered Hecker to continue advocating for public education in Vermont and her experiences have directly influenced one of her primary platforms: education funding reform. “Our public education system must equitably serve all Vermont’s children, including our most vulnerable students. We should not pit homeowners struggling to pay their taxes against meeting the needs of struggling learners. We must improve Vermont’s education funding mechanisms to ensure all students receive a high quality, equitable education, regardless of where they live or hardships in their lives,” said Hecker.

Hecker says she is also focusing on economic and health dignity for all Vermonters as well environmental conservation. Throughout her time interacting with community members,  she has heard many troubling stories from Milton residents who struggle to afford the roof over their heads and keep food on the table. She says her goal is to ensure people feel that their tax dollars are being well spent, and getting the funds where they are needed.

“Our economy must serve the working families of Vermont. Low-wealth communities were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, we need better systems in place to protect all Vermonters - not just the wealthy few,” said Hecker.

Hecker will spend the next couple of months campaigning both in person and virtually. She plans to hold live events on social media and smaller, socially-distanced gatherings as a way to meet more people and hear community wants, needs, and concerns.

For more information on Hecker, including a complete list of policy positions and how to get involved in or donate to the campaign, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HeckerforVermont/