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Representative Maxine Grad Seeks Re-Election

Reapportionment adds new towns to Washington-7 district 

MORETOWN, VT – Maxine Grad of Moretown announces her re-election campaign seeking a seventh term for state representative for the new House district representing Moretown, Duxbury, Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren. Grad has represented Moretown, Northfield and Roxbury for the past 12 years. “I am proud of my accomplishments and want to do more to help keep Vermonters safe and healthy and to help our communities thrive. If re-elected, I look forward to working in the new district. I started my family here, and my children attend school at Moretown Elementary and Harwood Union. Moretown, Duxbury, Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren are my community.”

While her district is “new”, it is home to Grad: “for 12 years I have been keeping Duxbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley informed through regular articles in local newspapers and social media. I strive to represent the common interests we have as Vermonters”.

The new district will encompass more of the Mad River Valley, which is a hotbed of the local food movement. “I am excited to focus even more of my efforts on supporting our working lands and the people who steward them,” Grad noted.

Rep. Grad in the House Chamber

During the past year, much of the focus in the legislature has been on recovery efforts after the spring and summer flooding. “As we continue to recover from Tropical Storm Irene, I will continue my work to rebuild our homes and businesses and protect our rivers to ensure resilient economic growth,” stated Grad.

Legislative Leadership

As the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Grad has been a leader on landmark public safety laws that strengthened prevention, investigation, sentencing, and treatment of sex offenders, and expanded the community sex-offender registry. Grad’s leadership includes close collaboration with the judiciary, law enforcement and the administration to protect the public safety while balancing privacy rights.

Advocacy for Crime Victims

As a Representative, Grad has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments throughout her seven terms of service.

Grad’s strong advocacy for crime victims was recognized by the Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services a

nd Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.  In 2006 Grad received the Legislative Leadership Award for her work that led to laws on voyeurism, stalking, sexual assault, and crimes against minors.

“Victims and survivors of violent crime are so fortunate to have an ally like Representative Grad in the legislature. Her compassion, wisdom and experience make such a difference in crafting smart, tough laws and policies related to domestic and sexual violence. From preventing domestic violence to improving the sex offender registry and protecting kids from abuse, she has consistently been a leader in championing the rights and safety of victims of crime – and we can’t thank her enough!” stated Sarah Kenney Public Policy Coordinator VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Other Public Safety Accomplishments include:

  • Protecting our youth through leadership on the rewriting of the juvenile and child abuse laws.
  • Championing the passage of a law that grants public access to criminal records.
  • Protecting vulnerable adults through leadership that resulted in a law that criminalizes abuse and neglect of the elderly and disabled adults.
  • Secured the passage of anti-human trafficking law.

Protecting our Youth

In 2002 Grad was named legislator of the year by the Vermont Children’s Forum. “As a mother and policy maker, children’s health and safety is a priority to me,” said Grad.

Grad has also been recognized as a leader on teen highway safety issues. Because of Grad’s work, teen drivers are now prohibited from using cell phones while driving. “Teen highway fatalities are the #1 killer of our youth. “Grad was the lead sponsor of a bill that strengthened Vermont’s child restraint law, and because of her perseverance, Vermont is the 26th state to ban texting while driving.

“I am thrilled that we now have more tools to address this public health threat”, said Grad.

Working for our Families

Grad was the lead sponsor of a bill that supports breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. “When we support working women, we are supporting, children, employers, and contributing to a sustainable workforce.”

Supporting Local Communities

Grad is a strong advocate of local government and communities. Some examples of her work to support her district:

  • Secured an extension to the constable training requirements. Supported the Moretown selectboard and community leaders in gaining the designation of the Mad River Byway.
  • Serves on committees addressing local issues such as the creation of Moretown Village sidewalks
  • Participates in the Moretown Energy Group
  • Supports her district’s public libraries and emergency services.

Supporting Public Safety

Grad is known as an effective leader in public safety. As lead sponsor, Grad worked closely with the Northfield Ambulance Service and Moretown Fire Department and the Vermont Police Association to pass a law that protects ambulance, police, and fire personnel while acting in the line of duty.

Northfield Ambulance Volunteers gave Grad an award for her commitment to public safety and named her as an honorary advisory board member.

“Maxine has been a proponent of public safety concerns throughout her dedicated service as a leader in Montpelier. She has a proven track record, and thanks to her we now have a texting ban, greater protections for teen drivers and a DUI interlock law,” said Brad Vail, President of the Vermont Police Association.

Working for Veterans and their Families

Grad’s efforts to honor service members and veterans have made Vermont a national leader. “As a result of your efforts, the Vermont statute on child custody is now considered by experts as the standard for protecting Service members who deploy and their children,” said Virginia S. Penrod, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

This session, Grad championed a law that will bring educational equity to military children and remove barriers that exist due to deployment and displacement.

Additionally, Grad’s efforts were recognized when she received a citation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart for her work establishing the Vermont Purple Heart Trail.

She sponsored legislation that expanded scholarships for children of National Guard members who died while in active duty, and helped secure extra funding for the Veteran’s medal program.

Serving Constituents

Grad is recognized for her strong constituent work. “Maxine Grad knows how to “represent” and that is what it’s all about! She listens to my concerns, responds thoughtfully, communicates effectively and seeks my opinion. On top of that, she genuinely cares about the people she is representing.  What more could you ask for?” stated Doreen Allen, retired banker and long-time central Vermont resident.

“If re-elected I look forward to continuing my support for enhancing our public safety, better access to health care, lower property taxes, economic development, environmental protection, children and youth issues. These are the elements needed to help our communities thrive,” Grad vowed.

“As a current state representative for Duxbury, I know that Rep. Maxine Grad will work hard for her new district.  I have seen her leadership and experience in action. She is effective, thoughtful, and consistent.  She cares about the issues and listens to her constituents”, stated Rep. Rebecca Ellis.

Leading with Experience

In addition to her seven terms as a state Representative, Grad has served as a Mad River By-Way Committee member, Moretown Energy Group member, Trustee Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, member of Sexual Violence Prevention Leadership Forum, board member of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, Northfield Rotary Club member, board member of Mayo Health Care, Inc., Northfield Recycling Volunteer, volunteer and member of the Friends of the Mad River board of directors, contributing writer and editor of Moretown Matters, member of the Moretown Community Activities Committee, and Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Women, mother of 3 children.

Contact Rep. Grad at maxjg@madriver.com, 496-7667 and www.facebook.com/MaxineGrad

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