March 30, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Aimee Towne
Morrisville, VT Aimee Towne, a longtime and active member of the Morrisville community, announced today that she will be a candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives representing Elmore, Morristown, Woodbury and Worcester. Towne hopes to succeed House Speaker Shap Smith who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
Towne, the wife of Patrick Towne and mother of four children, two of which currently attend Peoples Academy, said “I love this community, I want the best schools for our children, affordable taxes for our seniors and an economy that lifts people out of poverty and strengthens Vermont’s middle class.” said Towne.
Ms. Towne acknowledged that she would have big shoes to fill if she is elected in the August Democratic Primary and in the November election. Speaker Shap Smith has represented this district since being first elected in 2002.
“Shap stands up for working Vermonters and has fought for earned sick leave, the right of workers to organize and for equal pay for equal work for women. I will continue this commitment to fairness and social justice. Equally important, Shap has never lost sight of the community he represents. Like Shap, I will bring the concerns of the district to Montpelier.”
Aimee Towne is a former member of the Morrisville Fire Department and EMT with the Morristown Rescue Squad. Towne became a volunteer firefighter and EMT after the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center. “I watched those heroes and heroines run into the burning buildings and I felt called and compelled to serve my neighbors in the same way. “ Towne said her decision to enter the political arena is motivated by a similar call to service.
“I believe in the people of this district, as their legislator, I will fight for what is right and what is fair and not what is politically acceptable. They can count on me for that.”
Towne has been a leader for working and low income Vermonters, serving the State of Vermont for more than 16 years as an employee in both the Office of Child Support and the State’s Economic Services Division, experience and knowledge that Towne says will help her make good decisions in the Vermont House of Representatives.