Brenda Siegel has officially filed her campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Brenda lives in Newfane Vermont. If Elected Brenda would be the first low income single mom and twelfth woman ever to hold statewide office.
“I don’t take any of this lightly. How we have gotten to a place where a woman who has struggled and experienced so much crisis can stand up to run for office is due to all those willing to be brave before me, all of you who support those of us who are willing to run. We still have so much work to do to elect marginalized leaders to every level of leadership.” Brenda Said
COVID-19 has shown us the holes in our system. All have been laid bare and we need to build a stronger Vermont. We have watched as families have been food insecure, lost homes, and struggled to homeschool their children. We have also seen, overnight housing for those experiencing homelessness, Suddenly systems for mutual aid and food have been built and we have for the first time in a long time meaningfully discussed the needs of those who have the least. We are living in a shell of what once was and we have an opportunity and a need to build better out of this crisis. Brenda’s experience is exactly what we need to do just that.
Brenda Siegel is a small business owner and the majority of her work in the last 9 years has been a project to recover her local economy following a crisis that led to economic hardship in many areas in Vermont. Work similar to the kind of work that we will have to do coming out of this crisis. Brenda is the founder and director of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival created as a long term economic driver in response to Tropical Storm Irene in which she and her son lost all of their belongings.
Brenda teaches leadership, civic engagement and social justice courses in local schools. She is Chair of the Newfane Democratic Committee and Delegate to the County Committee. Brenda began her political work as an intern in then congressman Bernie Sanders’ Washington D.C. office in 2001 and is active with the Raise the Wage coalition and member leader at Rights and Democracy. Brenda is a member of a national cohort focused on addressing the overdose crisis with People’s Action and RAD, a citizen member of the Vermont Legislative Equity Caucus and serves on the board of Community of Vermont Elders. She sits on the State of Vermont’s Public Transportation Advisory Commission as well.
Brenda has been fortunate to advocate in the legislature on multiple issues, testify on important legislation for many years in the Vermont house and senate, spending much of each legislative session doing this. She also has been fortunate to speak at a legislative briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Overdose Crisis, as well as at press conferences and rallies on issues of health care, economic justice, racial justice, abortion rights and more.
After a lifetime of working on the ground as a teacher, community leader, a movement builder and a small business owner, working and living in a rural community, Brenda will bring the people to the People’s House. We are in a new era of politics. One where we must center our policy around the most marginalized communities who so often are left behind. One where Bold Climate Action, a Bottom Up Economy, Healing the Overdose Crisis and Supporting and Strengthening Our Education System are the priority. Brenda has been doing this work on the ground, in the legislature and in schools and she is ready to bring that type of leadership to the Montpelier. “I will work in partnership with all of you.” Brenda Said, “Because I know that it is when we rise together that we will truly see the strongest Vermont where our families can not only survive, but we can also thrive. We can build better out of this crisis. Join us to bring forth the Vermont that we can build together. www.brendaforvermont.com