Thursday October 25, 2018
Name: Ann Pugh, District 7-2
Education: BS, Union College; MSW, Washington University; Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Planning, University of Vermont
Occupation: UVM Faculty Member in the Department of Social Work
Years as SB resident: 42
1 What skills and experience uniquely qualify you for the position of State Representative? (100 words)
A proven track record as an effective state legislator focused on the issues, recognized by local, statewide, and national organizations, and most importantly, by you. Leadership of a tri-partisan committee that spearheaded legislation that has made Vermont a leader nationally in addressing the opiate crisis; in access to health care; and in supporting children, families, and senior citizens. Deep roots in South Burlington that provide essential understanding of the complexity of our diverse interests. Finally, skills as a problem solver, bridge-builder, good listener, common sense independent thinker and hard worker, honed through years working in the public and private sector.
2 What is the most important statewide legislative issue to be addressed in the upcoming term, and what specific solutions do you suggest or support in overcoming the problem? (100 words)
Economic development that builds on the uniqueness of the Vermont brand and that aligns the skills and talents of our workforce with those that our employers need and the 21st century economy demands is most important. Critical to this is supporting jobs that pay a livable wage; keeping and attracting young families; and making strategic investments in our physical infrastructure (transportation, broadband, energy, environment and working landscape), as well as the state’s people (workforce training, education, health care and removal of barriers to work) in order to help build a better future for all Vermonters.
3 What are the key issues 1) in your own district, and 2) in the City of South Burlington? How will you address these locally and on the state level? (200 words)
Whether it is the definition or building of affordable housing, or the development of City Center/Market Street, or the protection versus development of open land, or the operation of the airport, the city council, school board and residents are engaged in a respectful and robust debate focused on what is our collective vision for South Burlington, now and in the future. A sign of a healthy community is this community engagement and dialogue and it is clear that there is not a single perspective on any of these. As your legislator, I will continue to listen to you and solicit your feedback by continuing to respond to your inquiries and, to reaching out to through regular columns in The Other Paper, monthly community legislative forums, and postings on Front Porch Forum and Facebook. At the state level, I will continue to be a voice that brings South Burlington’s diverse interests to the Legislature as it considers issues such as education funding, cleaning up our lake, environmental protection, and I will continue to advocate for state support for all that we are currently doing that makes South Burlington a wonderful community in which to live, work, go to school, and play.
4 What specific priorities or objectives do you hope to accomplish if elected? (100 words)
As Chair of House Human Services, my overarching priority is to keep Vermonters safe and healthy and to help our communities thrive, today and in the future. That means: investing in people so that they have the education, skills, supports and resources necessary to participate in the 21st century economy; removing barriers for working parents by making childcare more affordable and accessible and by passing paid family leave; investing in housing so that is affordable to all Vermonters; and ensuring that those struggling with mental health and substance use have immediate access to proven effective treatment and recovery services.