Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) announced today that she will run for re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Stowe in the Vermont House for the past twelve years,” said Scheuermann.  “Fighting for education funding reform and property tax relief, responsible state spending, policies that encourage private sector economic growth and jobs, ethics legislation, responsible environmental stewardship, and health care reform that works for Vermonters have all been at the center of my efforts.  And, I have worked diligently throughout the years, with people from across the political spectrum, to achieve success in each critical policy area.”

“While it has certainly been a challenge through those years, I am pleased that the leadership of Governor Phil Scott last year allowed us, for the first time in known history, to pass a state budget without relying on any new or increased taxes or fees – all while ensuring we protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors and invest where needed in efforts like housing, and tourism and economic development marketing.  And, while there are some disagreements at this time over the coming Fiscal Year budget, I am confident we are on the verge of doing it now for a second time.”

Despite many legislative achievements over the years, Scheuermann pointed to the challenges that continue to face the community of Stowe and the State of Vermont.

“We must continue to fight for responsible, sustainable state spending, and policies that encourage and reward private investment and economic growth.  The one-size-fits-all, big warehouse approach to education has allowed Montpelier to take control of almost every aspect of our children’s education – a growing trend I have fought throughout my time there.  And, far too many times, I find myself fighting against policies that will do real damage to our region’s and state’s small businesses, and the employees and families that depend upon them.”

“Just this past year alone, among other problematic items that advanced, an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, the creation of a brand new, government-run, paid family leave program paid for by a payroll tax on every employee in the state, and a law that would have a drastic impact on non-profits and private entities throughout the state that offer outdoor recreation activities all progressed through and passed the General Assembly.  Thankfully, Governor Scott vetoed each of these, as he understood well the detrimental effect they would have on our relatively fragile economy.”

“As I considered whether or not to run for another term, these challenges were forefront in my mind.  In my view, and the view of most Stoweites I know, it is absolutely critical that we have a voice in Montpelier that is both willing and able to work across the political spectrum to advance good, sound public policy, but also one willing to take on the special interests and fight against bad public policy.  On that, my record is clear.”

“For those reasons, I am seeking another term in the Vermont House of Representatives and I ask for your continued support.”