I’m voting for hope and unity! I’m voting for Kate Larose!
The time has come to end the divisiveness and polarization. Kate has given me hope that we, as a community, can overcome the current fracture of our democracy and that we can indeed come together.
The election of representatives, is more than a game, more than winning and losing and more than using any means to get to a end. We cannot continue to allow our elected officials, whether we are wealthy or working, white, black or brown, liberal or conservative, young or elderly, or any of the other false dichotomies presented, to pit us against one another. When we are divided we all lose; our sense of community is lessened, our deeply held values fray like worn cloth, and the power of our voter enfranchisement is eroded. As community members, Vermonters and Americans when are divided we become vulnerable to high stakes political powers and money—democracy suffers.
I am voting for Kate. She is a candidate who has campaigned, as few others have, on hope, unity, listening and learning—bringing us together! Kate’s style of leadership—bringing us together--is something we desperately need in our elected officials. Please join me in voting for for Kate Larose for state representative on Tuesday, November 6th.
President Theodore Roosevelt said, "The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency".
Over the past six months I have knocked on doors around the district asking my neighbors these three questions to hear what our community vision is for our future: Why are you proud to live in Vermont? What do you want to see change in the year ahead? What do you want to see in your next state representatives?
The answers to the first two questions are important; the answer to the last question is absolutely critical to preserving what we love, and changing what needs to be changed. People shared that they want elected officials who are honest and provide truthful answers, instead of answers they think people want to hear. They want leaders who are willing to learn and listen, instead of telling. And they want representatives who will work on bringing our community together, rather than further dividing us.
I entered this race with a question: How might campaigning serve as a positive intervention in democracy and community building? Because right now we desperately need more of both, and it's not possible to truly have one without the other.
So I spent my evenings and weekends meeting as many neighbors as I could: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Progressive, and non-voters alike. As people named issues important to them—the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, services for our elderly, clean water, affordable childcare—I organized tours so that we could learn more together.
To date I've hosted 12 of these events at places like the BAART treatment center, Northwest Correctional Facility, Franklin County Home Health & Hospice, and our local wastewater treatment plant. (You can see video recaps of our learnings on my website and Facebook page.)
I will continue to host these events once elected.
As candidates, we are all running because we care deeply about St. Albans. Yet our current system of campaigning often puts us at odds with the end goal of working together to benefit the community once elected—the traditional model would have us take money from corporations and special interest groups and debate our opponents instead of identifying shared values we can work towards. (For example, the first thing I did upon learning who was running was invite the other candidates for a cup of coffee so we could get to know one another as neighbors and potential colleagues. I was told this was highly unusual—I believe it should be the norm.)
No matter what happens on November 6th, I am looking forward to the two state representatives of Franklin 3-1 paving the way for more democracy, community, and decency in our politics.
Kate Larose, State Representative Candidate, Franklin 3-1
I have worked with Kate Larose over the past year on issues concerning working families, I wholeheartedly endorse Kate to be our next House member from St. Albans.
She and I serve on the Vermont team that responded to a call to action from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the federal Administration for Children and Families. Our focus is on issues of affordable childcare, workforce development, and the benefits cliffs that undermine families’ best efforts as they work hard to achieve independence from state assistance.
Kate’s candidacy is defined by her commitment to workers and families, and my experience working with her tells me that she will be a positive force for cooperation and teamwork to serve the best interests of our community.
Please join me in voting for Kate Larose so that we can together look forward to a more hopeful future.
"I know firsthand what it’s like to struggle, to worry that college isn’t an option, to rely on food stamps. And I know firsthand what it’s like to work hard and prevail when opportunities are provided. As your next representative I will draw from my business, human services, and education background, and most importantly lead from a place of listening, learning, and bringing people together. As the only first time candidate in this race, community has been at the heart of my campaign, and it is why I don’t accept any corporate or special interest money: community will always be at the core of my service to you in Montpelier."Continue reading »
It was with much sadness that I read a letter to the editor from a candidate expressing that they are the most qualified for office because they were born and went to school here in St. Albans. I personally have friends who do great work in this community and were not born in Vermont, and some not even in this country. It would be short sighted on our, the voters, part to qualify someone for office based on where they were born or grew up. We stand to disenfranchise a great deal of our neighbors by saying they do not represent our community because of their birth location.
I was born in St. Albans, went to school at St. Albans City Elementary, graduated from Bellows Free Academy, received two college degrees at
Vermont Technical College, and have children living in the community. That does not make me more qualified than my neighbor who was born in Kentucky and has spent a great deal of time supporting our community. Diversity helps us ask the questions we might not have thought of and come to solutions that move our community forward.
We need representatives who ask questions and want to truly understand where our thoughts are coming from, not someone who listens to us to gain an edge in an attempt to change our mind. We need representatives who can cross the aisle and work with a different party to reach a common objective, even knowing the path to the result may be different than they wanted. We need individual representatives who can think for themselves yet work as part of a collective group for the better of all of us. Our community needs representatives who do not make empty campaign promises to get a few votes.
As I get ready to cast my vote, I ask for you to reach out to Mike McCarthy and Kate Larose and get to know them a little better.
I’ve gotten to know Mike over the years as we have worked on several boards together. He loves to ask tough questions and thinks about how a decision is going to impact all those involved. I will admit, we do not agree on everything, but I believe that his opinions on matters are his and he has come to those conclusions by processing the information presented to him. What I like most about Mike is that he has followed up with me every time I have reached out to him on a subject. It did not matter if he was holding an elected office and I was a constituent, or it was about something happening in the park.
I’ve also had the pleasure to meet Kate Larose a couple of times and she has earned my vote through her leadership style. The first couple of times we chatted, she just asked questions. There was very little back and forth besides more questions. It took me by surprise, because I was so accustomed to politicians telling me how they see things. It made me realize she also likes to get a lot of information before making decisions. In the end, after a few more chats, we do agree on many of our core principals.
Not too often do we see such change locally in the representation of St. Albans in Montpelier (or Washington even). Please make the time to get to know who you will be voting for this fall and pick folks who will best represent your interests and remember that you will never find someone who agrees with you on everything (unless you yourself run).
Chad Spooner St. Albans
As you consider casting your vote for the people who will represent St. Albans in Montpelier, please take a moment to consider what Kate Larose has done – and will continue to do – for our community. Kate put together a series of tours and events this summer and fall designed to bring folks together to learn about the neighborhoods and institutions around us, from a tour of the wastewater treatment plant to a visit at the Northwest State Correctional Facility to a question & answer session with the Vermont State Treasurer. I’ve heard from other participants that the events have helped them better understand what makes St. Albans and Vermont the special place that it is.
Kate’s community involvement started long before she announced her candidacy. This citizen and mom has been instrumental in many other area events, including hosting block parties, facilitating a thoughtful discussion group on racism, and organizing a stop here in our city for the One America Bus Tour put on by Better Angels, a group devoted to getting people with various viewpoints to have conversations and to actually listen to one another. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer, and as a fellow volunteer I know that she had to rely on skills such as empathy, strong communication and deeply listening to needs, concerns and desires of those around her to be successful in her work.
My personal experience is that Kate cares deeply about bringing folks together to tackle challenges and solve problems that affect all of us. I’m very proud to be able to vote for someone who shows us every single day that she cares about the lives of the entire St. Albans community.
On November 6th, we have an opportunity to elect this outstanding young woman as our state representative.
Kate is a deeply committed and skilled listener whose voice in the statehouse will accurately represent our concerns and help to bring about meaningful action on behalf of St. Albans. For example, Kate was instrumental in focusing the national spotlight on our community when the Better Angels One America Bus Tour stopped in St. Albans last year with the aim of finding common ground among people holding different political views. Demonstrating her commitment to building constructive community dialogue, she helped organize workshops designed to facilitate effective communication.
Kate’s qualifications for the job include impeccable credentials and considerable experience detailed on her website www.katelarose.com. She has not only worked at the state level for the departments of education and commerce, but she
has extensive experience working in small business and nonprofits, currently holding a director position at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Not only has Kate served her state and local community through AmeriCorps and SerVermont, but she also served abroad in the Peace Corps.
Kate’s career has always been defined by community service. At every opportunity, Kate has worked diligently advocating for children, for economic opportunity, fighting to end poverty and working tirelessly to improve the lives of others. In particular, Kate understands the concerns of working families, and under her leadership, Kate will be the strong advocate we need in Montpelier.
I sincerely encourage you to join me on November 6th by voting for Kate LaRose, state representative.
Vickie Harris, St. Albans
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Kate Larose’s bid to become one of our St. Albans City representatives to the Vermont legislature.
Kate Larose is a truly impressive person, and it’s terrific that she’s running to represent us. She’s articulate, bright, and has a great way of connecting with people. She’s a wonderful listener, and has a knack for putting people at ease. The fact that she has resided in Franklin County for many years means that she has a solid understanding of the needs of this community.
In this era of divisive politics, her respect for different opinions – and the people behind them - is refreshing. She’s got a lot of great ideas about ways she can help and represent this community in Montpelier, and she’s also open to hearing others’ ideas.
During her campaign Kate has created lots of opportunities through informational sessions she’s held at places around the city
and county that have have served to introduce us personally to community programs and the people who run them. I had the great fortune to attend the last two events Kate held – one was a talk and conversation with Vermont Treasurer, Beth Pierce, and the other was a visit to our county Home Health and Hospice agency and a conversation with its director, Janet McCarthy. Both of these were really interesting and informative.
Kate Larose has some great ideas, is ready to work with others around their ideas, and is simply a great person. Her humor, her work ethic, her humility, and her dedication to serving the people of this community will make her a wonderful representative in Montpelier. I hope that you will join me in voting for Kate Larose!
Respectfully, David Hutchinson St. Albans City
Jobs, livable wages, lower cost of living, and a thriving Vermont economy are top concerns for voters this year. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t agree these are vital but the question is how to make them happen in a way that benefits everyone. Kate and Mike know there are no simple answers to complicated challenges and are willing to seriously think through complex issues affecting us all. They get that simply cutting taxes and reducing government regulations are not the answer. Cutting funding
for things like infrastructure, law enforcement, and education and reducing consumer and environmental protections would have long-term costs that would hurt us all, and Mike and Kate understand that. Their compassion and sense of community are sincere and their concern for every St. Albans resident is real. Vote for Kate Larose and Mike McCarthy for State Representatives on November 6th.
Mark Skelding, Linda Keating
As community members of Saint Albans, we have the opportunity this year to send an outstanding woman to the Vermont House. I feel that Kate Larose will represent the concerns and needs of our thriving community.
As a working parent, my greatest concerns center around family issues. Issues such as fair wages, benefits for families and affordable childcare are all of the utmost importance for families in Vermont.
Kate Larose is a working mother who has a background in education, business and public service. I feel that she would be an ideal representative for St. Albans families in the legislature.
She has demonstrated her commitment to the community in a variety of ways. Kate has a volunteer history that includes organizations ranging from the Peace Corps through Girl Scouts. She has also
been an active advocate for children in the foster care system.
I feel that Kate is not only aware of the challenges that come with the level of opioid addictions in Franklin County but she can also bring perspective to the struggles we face as a community.
I believe that Kate will be effective in voicing our local concerns at the state level due to her prior knowledge and experiences. She has functional knowledge of statehouse business, as she has served in state agencies and on statewide boards throughout her career.
Now would be a great time to send this smart, innovative thinker to Montpelier!
Chelsea Vanslette Saint Albans City
"This month on RAD-TV, we give you a closer look into the campaign of Kate Larose, a Rights and Democracy endorsed candidate."Continue reading »
"Kate Larose, a candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives, said she was honored to have Sonneborn's endorsement."Continue reading »
"These 17 candidates were endorsed by a vote of the Rights & Democracy (RAD) Board of Directors to show support for candidates who have championed key legislative issues such as raising the minimum wage, workers’ rights, universal health care, and racial equity, among other top concerns facing Vermont communities and families."Continue reading »
"Kate Larose, a Democratic candidate to represent Franklin 3-1 — including St. Albans City — in the Vermont House, introduced the speakers: James Ehlers, executive director of the clean water advocacy group Lake Champlain International; Christine Hallquist, the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), who stepped down from the position to focus on her campaign; Brenda Siegel, a teacher from southern Vermont; and Ethan Sonneborn, a 13-year-old."Continue reading »
"We live in one of the richest countries in the world. And yet too many Vermonters are struggling. This isn't due to poor choices. It's due to poor policies. I will work to create an opportunity economy in which all Vermonters can thrive, regardless of their zip code. "Continue reading »
"The outcome of a dozen down-ticket races in upcoming elections could transform the next two years of politics in Vermont."Continue reading »
"Larose, a former six year VSEA member said, 'I have seen firsthand how VSEA acts in the best interest of workers, public services, and Vermonters. I believe strongly in the work of unions and we have all benefited from the historic progress made by the labor movement.'"Continue reading »
“'Part of my inspiration to run came from hosting community dinners and dialogue events over the past several years here in St. Albans. So it is only fitting that this is how we will kick off the campaign: meeting and listening to neighbors while breaking bread together' shared Larose."Continue reading »
"The opposition (lobbyists paid by Walmart and chains of profitable Vermont gas stations) would have us believe that a vote for S.40 would hurt small business but cite no evidence. They conveniently don’t mention that the majority of minimum wage workers are employed by organizations with 50 or more employees. And that Washington — a state with the nation’s highest minimum wage in 2014 — was ranked at the top of the list for small business growth that many attribute to the increase."Continue reading »
"Kate Larose announced Friday she’s running for the House seat representing district Franklin 3-1, including St. Albans City and a portion of St. Albans Town."
In my work at Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity I see too many of my neighbors struggling to make ends meet even though they are doing everything they can: working multiple jobs, turning to the food shelf between pay checks, living frugally and trying to balance budgets that aren’t possible to balance. Raising the minimum wage would raise pay by an average of $2,000 a year for more than three in ten working Vermonters.Continue reading »
"After the election, I had a lot of concerns. I wasn't feeling hopeful. I was feeling scared. And I wanted to figure out a way that I could talk to other community members and turn that fear into something a little more constructive,” said Larose.Continue reading »
When I was 4 years old, my mother joined the Army Reserves to ensure that we could keep a roof over our heads and so that she could go to school. I don’t remember much about these years except spending a summer with family in New York (so that she could complete boot camp), and that several weekends a year she was required to be away for additional training.Continue reading »