News Release — Ruth Hardy for Vermont Senate
October 17, 2018
Middlebury, Vermont – Ruth Hardy, Democratic nominee for State Senate in Addison District, has been building a strong team of supporters throughout Vermont, including hundreds of local people and statewide leaders. Hardy has been endorsed by each member of Vermont’s Congressional delegation, former Governor Madeleine Kunin, and retiring state senator Claire Ayer. In addition, Hardy has received the backing of Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, Rights & Democracy, Vermont Conservation Voters, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Sierra Club.
Senator Bernie Sanders writes, “Ruth Hardy is a passionate grassroots leader who will advocate for good schools, a livable wage, and support for families and seniors. We need fierce women’s rights advocates like Ruth in elected office, now more than ever.” Congressman Peter Welch adds that Ruth is a “proven leader at the state and local level and would be a strong voice for Addison County in the Vermont State Senate,” Senator Patrick Leahy concurs, saying Ruth “will fight for women’s rights, healthy families, strong schools, youth engagement, and fair wages.”
Senator Ayer, whose seat Hardy is running to fill, writes “Ruth Hardy has the experience, work ethic, and values to successfully represent Addison County in the Vermont Senate. Her expertise in education, health care, women’s rights, and public finance is what we need in Montpelier.” Governor Kunin, with whom Hardy has worked closely as Executive Director of Emerge Vermont, an organization which Kunin founded, writes, “Ruth practices what she preaches. She has a passion for the state of Vermont and is inspired to improve the lives of all Vermonters.”
Hardy also has the broad support of individual Vermonters. Dozens of supporters have written testimonials about Ruth citing her hard work, skills, passion, and commitment to public service. For example, Matt and Jane Kimble of Middlebury write, “We’ve admired Ruth’s energy and persistent work ethic especially while she served on local school boards…we watched her navigate tricky situations with thoughtfulness and respect. She is smart and passionate about helping our community thrive.”
Further, Hardy has raised more funds than anyone in the Addison Senate race, with more individual donors than all of her opponents combined. She has received donations from 280 individuals, with more than 80% giving $100 or less. Hardy’s campaign funding mirrors her values as a public official: prioritizing constituents over corporations and everyday citizens over monied interests.
“I am honored to have the support of Vermont political leaders and especially individual citizens in the Addison senate district. I have been working hard to reach people in every town, knocking on hundreds of doors and going to events big and small to hear the concerns and ideas of regular Vermonters. I am deeply grateful that they have added their hard-earned dollars and thoughtful voices to my campaign. I look forward to earning their votes as well,” writes Hardy.
For more information about Ruth Hardy, her supporters, policy priorities and campaign, see ruthforvermont.com.