Why Lori? In your neighbor's words
"Neither Lori nor I knew that we’d be called upon to serve Vermont during a global pandemic. Through the spring and summer, Lori has risen to the challenge and worked tirelessly to provide support to neighbors. She has been a central figure who has guided Vermont’s health care response to the pandemic. Her work has garnered acclaim from her colleagues and from health care professionals who count on steady, strong leadership. Most importantly for Essex residents, it has benefited our community and provided aid to those in need."
Rep. Dylan Giambatista, Essex Junction
"Lori has been a phenomenal representative for Essex Junction. She has quickly mastered the complexities of our very complicated health care system in her committee work and is dedicated to quality health care for all. As a businessperson and a concerned mom, she is listened to on pandemic-related issues by her colleagues. Her dedicated public service locally is known to everyone who calls Essex Junction their home. We are very fortunate that Lori chooses to juggle the many responsibilities of a parent, worker, and representative. I wholeheartedly endorse her well-earned re-election and hope she continues for many more years in Montpelier."
Former Rep. Tim Jerman Essex Junction
"Lori has established herself in the State House as fair, smart, and reasonable. She is trusted and true to the needs of her community, above all else. I believe that we need more working mothers, in particular, under the Golden Dome to hear how the state’s decisions are playing out in our community. Lori will continue to take what she learns as a community volunteer and business owner and push Montpelier to serve our community better."
Maura Collins, VHFA Executive Director and Essex Junction Community Member
"Hardly a passive bystander, Lori meticulously digs into the details and makes informed decisions based on logic and analysis rather than questionable partisan objectives. Her aim is consistently focused on long-term public benefit illustrated by her 8 year tenure as an Essex Junction Trustee, her work with Heart and Soul of Essex; founding and working for years on Five Corners Farmers Market; publishing a community services brochure for Essex; organizing the fabulous Gather at The Table event and more. All of this on top of serving working full time and raising a child!" Bridget Meyer, Essex Junction Community Activist
"Lori Houghton has been serving us incredibly well in the statehouse for her past two terms and has proven, hands down, that she is constantly at work for Essex. Lori's commitment to collaborative teamwork with and on behalf of our community is unparalleled. Lori is always listening, always aware and always helpful. Lori is courageous, strong and trustworthy. She does not falter."
Annie Cooper, Small Business Owner and Essex Junction Community Member
"As an independent contractor I saw my income fall to zero in the span of a few days during this pandemic. Lori Houghton has been instrumental in helping me navigate the stressful, frustrating, complex system(s) of the Vermont DOL and PUA Unemployment.
Lori is 1 of 4 local, state and federal legislators that responded to my initial outreach (out of 16 total). Her response was prompt and personal – not a pre-written template. I cannot thank Lori enough. She continued to check in with me and offer help when she certainly didn’t have to. She is approachable, kind, knowledgeable and made me feel like my situation mattered. Lori has my support for re-election to the Vermont House. We need more people like her!"
Karen Tucker, Native Vermonter and Essex Junction Community Member
"Lori Houghton’s representation at the Statehouse and her current candidacy for reelection are prime reasons that I have confidence in the leadership of our state. Lori is very knowledgeable about local issues but she also recognizes the power of listening and learning. The words and thoughts of constituents matter to her and Lori actively seeks out input from those whom she represents. In stark contrast to the ego-driven politicians we are used to hearing about, in Vermont, we have people like Lori who are putting their heads down and doing the hard work that it takes to lead."
Stephanie Teleen, Teacher and Essex Junction Community Member
"I know we can count on Lori to always listen and provide assistance to anyone. She respects any concerns I raise about issues, and I feel heard and validated for my perspective. At the same time, her reasoning for what she believes is clear and factual. That is the kind of leader we need to represent us at the State House. She has accomplished so much in such a short period of time and with Covid-19, it is even more critical that there are knowledgeable and experienced people serving the community to ensure equity in all systems for all Vermonters. Lori is honest, sincere, intelligent, kind and hard-working. I proudly support Lori Houghton to continue as our Essex Representative to Vermont State House."
Saramichelle and Daryl Stultz, Essex Junction Community Members
"I first met Lori Houghton in 2011, when we both were active volunteers in the community. We were part of the Heart & Soul of Essex project. Lori and I were part of a core team that worked hard to engage over 1,000 diverse residents from throughout the town to listen and learn together about what matters most about our community and its future. Her commitment to an inclusive and vibrant Essex, together with her family and their business, is at the heart of what makes Lori so effective as our State Representative. I know Lori’s honesty, integrity, and compassion firsthand. I would say that the sometimes seemingly endless well of energy and work she dedicates to what matters most to her surprises me; it does not. It is entirely consistent with her values and with her heart. That is what integrity means. That is what gets Essex results from her service as our legislator."
Gabrielle Smith, Heart and Soul Board Member and Essex Junction Community Member