August 18, 2018
Dear Friends, Neighbors and Colleagues,
Many thanks to everyone who supported me in my campaign to build a brighter economic future for Vermont and Vermonters. I had so many memorable moments and conversations out there on the campaign trail after the session ended late last June, and I launched my primary campaign. I am thankful for each interaction, kind word and gesture and for the values that bind us as Vermonters.
I got into politics 8 years ago not because I wanted to be a politician, but because I wanted to help people. I am grateful for the groundbreaking work I accomplished during my initial 4 years on the House Education Committee and the last 4 years on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
Shortly after the primary, I stopped by an old friend’s office to thank him for his support. He gave me this quote from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt titled: “Citizenship in a Republic.” It captures the essence of my approach to my personal and professional life as well as my 8 years of service in the legislature.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
I want to thank my husband, John Carl Mabie, who I’ve shared the past 38 years with and our wonderful children, Ian and Lauren Stuart Mabie, who provided campaign support from afar. (Ian works in San Francisco at Uber headquarters; Lauren is an officer in the United States Army and is stationed abroad.) I also want to thank my Campaign Aide Marjorie Shriver who heads off shortly for her freshman year at Smith College.
Last, but not least, many thanks to my colleagues in the General Assembly and to everyone I collaborated with on crafting some great legislation, as well as my friends and neighbors who donated to my campaign, wrote letters endorsing me and put my signs on their front lawns. Thank you one and all for a great run. Here’s to continuing to work together to build a better Vermont for all Vermonters.
Valerie Ann Stuart
Vermont State Representative, Brattleboro, District 2-1