Rebecca White Seeks Re-election to a 2-Year Seat Hartford Selectboard
Q and A with the candidate.
Why are you running? While I was growing up my family had the benefit of using community assistance programs, and because of that I feel an obligation to give back through public service. For me public service is both a duty of being a citizen and it is also a privilege to be able to represent the townspeople.
Tell us about yourself: I am a lifelong Hartford resident and a University of Vermont graduate, and I currently work for the mission-driven solar company SunCommon. Serving on the selectboard for the last two years has been a big learning experience. I have gained an understanding of board procedure, our town staff, and I now have two years of budget setting under my belt. Additionally I have been appointed to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Board of Directors. Outside of board experience I have had the opportunity to participate and graduate from the Emerge Vermont program, which is a training program for democratic women in Vermont to stand for elected office. I also served as the legislative intern for Vermont Commission on Women while in college. On a personal note, I recently became a first time homebuyer in White River Junction with my partner Dylan, and we have a fish affectionately called Beta-yonce (to celebrate Beyonce.) We both grew up in Wilder and you can find us on weekends with our families, doing home projects, or listening to VPR while Dylan makes some delicious dish. (You have got to try his banana bread!
What Are the Key Issues? Over the last two years I focused on supporting our new town website, bringing on a new town manager, and improving collaboration with the schoolboard. My over all goal has been to grow the community by encouraging young families and new businesses to choose Hartford. I believe that happens when the town is both an affordable and inviting place to live, work, and play.
Your pitch to voters? I believe Hartford is at a tipping point. We have the opportunity to revitalize our downtown, improve quality of life standards, and leverage the power of our residents to grow. I believe Hartford as one town, with its five villages, three rivers, and singular municipality is in the unique and enviable position in the Upper Valley to thrive. We have the ability to be a model town for inclusion, resilience and efficiency. It would be honor to continue to be on the selectboard.