By Leslie Anderson, Longtime Stowe Resident and Dedicated Member of the Stowe Community

https://www.stowetoday.com/stowe_reporter/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/heidi-scheuermann-is-no-blind-follower/article_3d305b3a-c7eb-11e8-bb64-9bc642104155.html

"I've been hearing a lot of talk recently claiming that our representative in the Vermont House, Heidi Scheuermann, should not be supported because she blindly follows the Republican Party line.  I just have to chuckle at this claim.

After all, is this the same Heidi who was the first Republican in the House to vote for same-sex marriage? And, then a deciding vote ensuring a great piece of civil rights legislation was not vetoed by her Republican governor?

This can’t be the same Heidi who founded the Vision to Action Vermont political action committee that supported — financially and otherwise — Democratic, Republican and independent candidates from throughout Vermont for the Legislature (for which she was resoundingly criticized by members of her own party)?

And, it can’t be the same Heidi who voted in favor of reforming our gun laws this year? Or the Heidi who was the sole Republican co-sponsor of the bill to counter President Trump’s executive orders on immigration?

Yes, Heidi is a Vermont Republican. But, she is more than that. She is an independent thinker who looks at every issue on its own merits. She works with people from across the political spectrum to advance good public policy; policy that will benefit the people and community of Stowe and the state of Vermont.

As someone who has worked closely with Heidi in numerous capacities, I can assure you that she doesn’t blindly follow anybody."