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By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.orgNovember 3, 2020

"Incumbent Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, withstood a challenge from Democrat Jo Sabel Courtney in one of the most expensive House campaigns in Vermont.

Scheuermann, who has served 14 years in the House, gathered 1,925 votes compared to 1,406 votes for Sabel Courtney.

“I’m overwhelmed with the support of the community this year, I knew it would be a difficult race,” Scheuermann said Tuesday night. “I’m excited and looking forward to continuing to serve.”

The race was not as close as two years ago when Scheuermann beat Democratic challenger Marina Meerberg by 97 votes. 

Scheuermann reported contributions of $23,900 during the campaign this year while Sabel Courtney reported raising $21,667, according to the latest campaign finance filings with the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office.

Scheuermann, who owns a property development and management company, touted the work she had done in Montpelier to boost the tourism and hospitality industry. Those are key sectors of the economy for Stowe that have also been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

While Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was expected to trounce Republican incumbent Donald Trump in voting Tuesday in Vermont, Scheurmann she was hopeful that her race would not be affected by national politics.

“We have really focused our effort on local issues,” she said. “There is obviously a great deal of emphasis or attention paid to national politics and that’s understandable, but we’re running a race for Statehouse.” 

Sabel Courtney operates her own public relations firm, Sabel PR and in 1995 she co-founded the Stowe Theater Guild, a community theater organization.

During the campaign she talked of her support for expanding broadband, a paid family leave program, and policies to address climate change.

Sabel Courtney, speaking Tuesday morning outside the polls, said she learned a great deal of the experience of campaigning for office.

“It has been edifying, fulfilling, and a little scary at times,” Sabel Courtney said. “If nothing else, it has informed me for the rest of my life and enriched me.”"

By Kevin McCallum, Seven Days

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-stowe-house-republican-clings-to-a-district-thats-shifting-left/Content?oid=31127835

When his pleas to the Vermont Agency of Transportation fell on deaf ears, Lewis sought help from state Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe).

"She got all the way to the top, and the secretary of transportation called my house to tell me, 'Listen, we're working on a solution,'" Lewis said.

Lewis feels grateful to have an advocate with a track record of going to bat for people and businesses in Stowe. "She is boots on the ground," Lewis said. "I've never seen anyone work so hard for their constituents as Heidi Scheuermann."

GovSight News - CheckIn:Vermont State Representative Heidi Scheuermann on COVID Response, Electoral Politics

With Alexandra Sharat

"Moderate voices have always been those folks who have brought people together, and that's just not happening these days, unfortunately."

https://www.govsight.com/news/article-detail/checkin-vermont-state-representative-heidi-scheuermann-on-covid-response-electoral-politics

By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/19/house-approves-121-million-in-additional-covid-19-aid-for-businesses/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, questioned whether having separate grant categories for women and minorities would end up “pigeonholing” these business owners and prevent them from applying to other grant programs. 

“I’m just curious, is this pigeonholing women and minorities into a particular grant program that won’t, clearly, be able to cover anything close to what will be needed,” she said.   

Marcotte, the chair of the economic development committee, said these business owners could apply to other state grant programs, and if they received multiple offers, would have to choose one of the grants. 

He said that his committee wanted to create a program specifically for women- and minority-owned businesses because they’re typically the ones that are “left behind” and aren’t made aware of existing grant opportunities.

By Wilson Ring, AP

https://www.necn.com/news/local/vermont-legislature-gives-final-approval-to-mail-voting/2285655/

Republican Heidi Scheuermann, who proposed one of the amendments, said the change was needed to protect the election.

"The integrity of the process is just as important as the safety that we're talking about, the health and safety of Vermonters," she said.

By Elizabeth Gribkoff, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/02/12/lawmakers-administration-disagree-on-timeline-on-emission-reduction-lawsuits/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, a member of the committee, stressed before casting a no vote that she hopes the bill can be modified in a way she can support it. 

“My biggest concern is the ceding of our authority and frankly responsibility as elected officials to the executive branch, regardless of who the executive branch is,” she told fellow Republican lawmakers during their Tuesday caucus. 

By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/01/12/democrats-embrace-scotts-universal-after-school-program-pitch/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said she had concerns about starting a new education program “without addressing the underlying problem of the education finance system.”

“Adding another program onto that without addressing that education finance system is problematic in my view, so I’m looking forward to hearing exactly what he is proposing,” she said after the governor’s State of the State address. 

By Anne Wallace Allen, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/01/10/new-statehouse-alliance-forms-to-steer-money-toward-promoting-vermont-%EF%BB%BF/

Scheuermann who hails from one of the state’s biggest tourism centers — Stowe — is a leader in that contest. She rallied lawmakers who have an interest in tourism last year and found so many with similar interests that she decided to create the tourism caucus. The group had its first meeting Wednesday.  Other founding members include Reps. Kathleen James, D-Manchester; Laura Sibilia, I-Dover; Kelly Pajala, I-Londonderry; Jim Harrison, R-Chittenden; John Killacky, D-South Burlington; and Charles Kimbell, D-Woodstock.

Scheuermann said in order to be heard at budget time, tourism needs a loud and focused voice. That’s what she hopes to create with the caucus. The industry is competing for lawmakers’ attention with other compelling matters like climate change and health care, she said.

“Last year I thought it would be good if we actually put faces to names and brought people to the Statehouse to share with the legislators how important the industry is to them, both employees and their families,” she said.

By Xander Landen and Kit Norton, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/01/09/scott-pitches-civility-and-reforms-in-state-of-the-state/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said she is in favor of moving forward on climate action policy as long as it does not disproportionately affect low-income Vermonters.

"Putting the burden of climate change on working rural Vermonters is, in my view, really problematic," Scheuermann said.

Vermont Business Magazine

https://vermontbiz.com/news/2019/december/26/tourism-industry-urges-legislature-fund-increased-promotion

"Vermont is fortunate to have a strong tourism brand, but without increased investment this important economic and employment sector is in danger of falling behind the competition," said Representative Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe). "Increased funding would allow the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to bolster the Vermont brand toward reversing the recent downtrend in visitor spending."