After long consideration, I have made a bittersweet decision to not run for re-election for State Representative in Bennington #2-2.
Everything has a beginning and an end. After 10 years, it is time for me to spend more time with my husband and family. During my time in Montpelier, I spent six years on the House Education Committee and another four on the Government Operations Committee.
What I am most proud of is helping enact legislation that approved financial support for family resource centers, like Sunrise, for the teen pregnancy programs so they can achieve their high school degree, or graduation programs for 16 to 22-year-olds for those who drop out of high school so they can graduate. A high school degree is no longer enough education in the workforce, whether it is a technical degree, two-year or four-year degree. To see the creation and availability of health care to Vermonters has also been incredibly gratifying. During my time on government Operations, our committee undertook the state’s re-districting. Keeping Bennington with only two districts within its borders was a major accomplishment. Finally, I was delighted to support leading legislation on environmental issues such as water quality, solar, wind, and net metering.
There is still work to do, some issues I worked on deserve to made into law. I sought to have hearings aids covered by insurance, and the additions of -- or return to high school curriculum -- the return of yearly physical education in high schools and financial literacy. Also, I had hoped that a stronger campaign finance reform bill would be enacted, but we have faced hurdles with recent court decisions.
Someone has asked me if I will remain active in the community. The answer is, I always have been and will continue to be involved.
To my constituents and friends: Thank you for your support these past 10 years, thank you for walking on those long neighborhood campaign walks, thank you for allowing placement of signs and banners, thank you for sharing your ideas. Thank you for folding and stuffing envelopes, and mostly, thank you for respecting and honoring me by allowing to be your voice in Montpelier. It has been a true honor and privilege.
REP. ANNE MOOK