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Katherine Sims announces state senate run at Westfield event

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Rep. Katherine Sims with supporter Steve Wright.
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WESTFIELD — Representative Katherine Sims announced her candidacy for the Vermont State Senate, representing the Orleans District, at a press event this morning at Butterworks Farm in Westfield. Sims, who is currently serving her second term in the House of Representatives for the ORL-4 district, aims to become the first woman to represent the district in over six decades.

The Orleans District of the Vermont Legislature includes 20 towns spanning Orleans, Caledonia, and Franklin counties. 

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“As State Representative, I’ve collaborated across party lines to make policies, programs, and funding work for residents of the Northeast Kingdom. Now I’m running for Senate to do more for our communities,” Sims stated.

She also highlighted the importance of addressing regional challenges, including housing, economic revitalization, and affordability for working Vermonters.

Sims’ legislative work has notably included securing funding for high-speed broadband throughout the Northeast Kingdom, housing reforms, and the passage of the Forest Future Strategic Roadmap. She also co-chairs the Rural Caucus, promoting bipartisan support for rural communities and economies across Vermont.

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The announcement follows Senator Bobby Starr’s recent decision to retire after 46 years in the Vermont Legislature. Senator Starr praised Sims, saying, “Katherine is a leader. She’s someone who really cares about keeping our communities healthy and well. She works hard and she strongly supports our way of life.”

Sims also founded Green Mountain Farm-to-School in 2007, advocating for childhood nutrition and supporting local agriculture. She has been active in various regional development and connectivity initiatives, including leadership roles with the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative and service on several boards related to rural development and telecommunications.

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