We know we are not alone in our disappointment with the outcome of the merger vote. We also know we are not alone in our heartfelt gratitude for the work of our municipal leaders and community members who gave so much of their personal time to the effort of bringing our communities together. We appreciate the level of civil dialogue and engagement in the Village.
Now we take a collective breath before turning our attention once again to the future of our amazing community. It is important that we continue to support and listen to each other while holding our Village values close. A significant majority of Village voters want the Trustees to begin moving us towards a new Village charter as a standalone community. The conversation starts tonight at the Village Trustee meeting. This work will not be easy or quick and will require all of us to stay active in the conversation at the same time practicing patience for the necessary process.
As your state representatives our role is to carry the will of the voters through the legislative process. We are committed to our role and the work of our community. We will stay in contact with the Village Trustees and are available for conversations with community members.
We are proud to call all of you our neighbors and Essex Junction our home.
Rep. Karen Dolan and Rep. Lori Houghton