WELLS -- Valerie Legh Harriss is announcing her candidacy for State Representative for the Rutland-Bennington District which includes the towns of Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Tinmouth, and Wells.

Harriss has been living in Vermont for 31 years and a resident of Wells for 27 years with a strong connection to her community. She has owned her own successful small business, Green Mountain Grooming since 1998. She holds an associate of science degree from Lake City Community College in Florida and received her Paralegal Certificate from Woodbury College in Montpelier. An accomplished researcher, writer, public speaker, and gravestone aficionado, she is a member of the Vermont Old Cemeteries Association, the Wells Historical Society, and the Bennington Museum.

In the past, she has served as President of the Lake St. Catherine and the Crown Point Women’s Golf Associations. She has also served as a past board member of the Shaftsbury Historical Society and the international organization -- Association For Gravestone Studies (AGS).

"It’s imperative that we do something about balancing spending, creating jobs, and maintaining an affordable Vermont lifestyle," said Harriss. "It’s also just important that we encourage environmental conservation and economic growth as long as we consider the health, safety, public welfare, and private property rights of all Vermonters."

When elected, she will rely on her strong communication and interpersonal skills to actively listen to the communities she represents.


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"Having the experience of public speaking on many occasions, with me as your representative, you can be confident that your voice will be heard in Montpelier," said Harriss. "Together, we can take on the tough issues facing our communities to preserve the traditional way of life of small town Vermont for future generations." In the coming months, Harriss will be visiting the voters looking for insight and input into how to make Vermont an improved and affordable place to live. She understands the value of working hard; and she knows that together as a community common goals can be achieved.

"We can conquer the economic and environmental challenges facing our community by listening to each other and working together, said Harriss.

As a community, we can achieve these goals for Vermont’s future."