Thursday June 07, 2018
Ann Pugh has announced her candidacy for re-election as state representative in the Chittenden 7-2 District. Pugh stated, “It has been a great privilege to serve the interests of my South Burlington friends and neighbors and I look forward to continuing our work together to solve the challenges that are confronting our state. As we chart new solutions to paying for our children’s education and furthering economic and workforce development, it will be critical that we build on those qualities that make Vermont a special place where people want to live, work, and play.”
Representative Pugh has served as Chair of the House Human Services Committee for the past 14 years. As chair this session, her committee’s focus was on protecting vulnerable Vermonters; investing in people so they have the education, skills and resources to participate in the 21st century economy; and removing barriers that make it harder for Vermonters to succeed.
Legislative highlights of the committee this biennium included ensuring that older Vermonters have their advanced care wishes respected; better protecting children from lead paint poisoning by giving contractors and landowners a single, simple, standard of rules to follow; giving foster parents the ability to make simple decisions on behalf of children in their care; and lowering the “benefits cliff” by allowing parents receiving child care assistance to set aside raises to retirement or child care savings accounts without losing eligibility for that assistance.
“A clear highlight for me this year has been the increased engagement of younger Vermonters in the political process,” said Pugh. “It was the strong interest and advocacy from all Vermonters that lead to legislation on such issues as water quality, gun safety, social and economic rights, foster care, mental health, and affordable child care. There is clearly more work to be done.”
Pugh has been recognized for her leadership by local and statewide organizations including KidsSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County, Voices for Vermont’s Children, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and the National Alliance for Mental Health-Vermont. Pugh was one of 25 legislators from across the country honored this year by the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) as an Opioid Fellow.
Representative Pugh is co-chair of the Child Protection Oversight Committee, a member of the Joint Legislative Heath Resource Allocation Committee and also serves on a New England NCSL public and private partnership project looking at the 2st century economy and strategies consistent with a whole family approach to jobs.
A University of Vermont faculty member, Pugh has made South Burlington her home for more than 30 years serving the community as state representative, a Justice of the Peace, as well as having served on the Board of Civil Authority, the city Planning Commission, and the Economic Development Committee. Currently, she is a member of the South Burlington Land Trust and the Friends of the South Burlington Library and serves on the board of Howard Center as well as being a member of the Chittenden County Hunger Council and the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance. She is the stepmother of Jennie Hayes who attended South Burlington middle and high school and now lives in California.