Greg Brown

Letter: Reasons to vote for Jerome
Posted Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:57 am

Editor of the Reformer,

There are four good reasons for residents of Dummerston, Putney and Westminster to vote for Cindy Jerome in the Democratic Primary on August 14:

- Cindy knows how good government works in Vermont, from the bottom up. Her extensive service on the Dummerston Selectboard prepared her well to understand critical issues in our towns.

- Cindy is an effective leader and manager with broad experience earned over many years as Executive Director of Holton Home,

- Cindy has good judgement and decision-making skills demonstrated by her skillful service as moderator of the Dummerston Town Meeting,

- Cindy understands the complex challenges facing Vermont and the need for creative, decisive solutions to preserve the goodness that sets us apart from other states.

During my 20-year career in public service in Vermont, ranging from a tour on the Dummerston Selectboard to leadership of a state agency, I have learned what personal skills and experience are necessary to get things done for the people of our state. Cindy has them in full measure: compassion, creativity, confidence, a clear sense of Vermont values and the ability to make tough decisions when necessary.

Please vote for Cindy Jerome in this year's Democratic Primary.

Greg Brown

Putney, July 16


Bill and Mary lou schmidt

Letter: Cindy Jerome for Representative
Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 8:03 pm

Editor of the Reformer,

We're fortunate to have Cindy Jerome as a candidate for State Rep. for District Windham-4 which includes Dummerston, Putney and Westminster.

Cindy is well experienced in local government and ready to serve in the legislature. She has served on the Dummerston selectboard including 2 years as chair, has chaired the Town Social Services Committee, and has been town moderator for 8 years. She has business experience as well, as executive director of Holton Home for 19 years. She has also worked in Westminster at Kurn Hattin as Director of Counseling and Admissions.

Cindy is an advocate for access to universal health care, raising of the minimum wage, and fighting climate change with a green economy.

Join us in voting for Cindy Jerome as State Rep for Dummerston, Putney and Westminster.

Bill and Mary Lou Schmidt

Dummerston, July 17


Elizabeth Christie

Letter: Vote for Cindy Jerome
Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:03 pm

Editor of the Reformer,

I first met Cindy Jerome 21 years ago; she was President of the Brattleboro Food Coop Board and I was a new board member. Leadership rested thoughtfully and capably on her shoulders then, as it did years later, when she became President of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

Cindy has had 19 years of solid not-for-profit business experience caring for our seniors as Executive Director of Holton Home and then Bradley House, which recently merged with Holton Home. She managed a budget of $3 million; her employees earned livable wages and had solid benefits.

Cindy knows our communities deeply and well. Her local government experience includes serving on the Dummerston Selectboard for seven years and as its Town Moderator for eight.

Cindy is a Progressive Democrat. She believes in systemic change, in investing in people and communities so that our lives are better now and in the long run. As a recent graduate of Madeline Kunin's EMERGE VERMONT six-month training program (which identifies, trains and encourages women to run for office at all levels of government), she is committed to putting her experience, her skills, and her beliefs to work for the benefit of all of us.

Please join me in voting for Cindy Jerome as Representative from Dummerston, Putney and Westminster.

Elizabeth Christie

Putney, July 11


Ed Anthes

Jerome: Worked with and helped improve VY evacuation plan
Originally published in The Commons issue #471 (Wednesday, August 8, 2018). This story appeared on page D1.

We have two Statehouse representatives in the Dummerston-Putney-Westminster district. My first vote goes to Cindy Jerome.
I know Cindy from her years of work on the Dummerston Selectboard.

Cindy was the first Selectboard member I knew to closely examine the evacuation plan for Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, to work with other towns’ selectboards to change the plan so it had a better chance of being effective in an emergency, and to support the successful efforts of our state legislators to increase funding for our emergency responders.

Cindy studies the issues, and she quietly gets things done. I look forward to having her as one of our state representatives.

Ed Anthes Dummerston


Jerelyn wilson

Letter: Jerome has strong leadership skills
Posted Friday, August 10, 2018 7:21 pm

Editor of the Reformer:

As a Select Board member in Dummerston I have seen Cindy Jerome's Town moderator skills up front. She has run our Town Meeting for years, maintaining control and leading while at the same time ensuring everyone has a voice, and helping them use it. She is experienced not only in local government, but also in human services and business. She is a person of integrity who cares about people. Her strong leadership skills coupled with a deep caring for the individuals in her community make her my choice for who I'd like to represent me and my district in Montpelier.

Jerelyn Wilson, CEO BuildingGreen

Dummerston Select Board

Vice Chair, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Aug. 10


Christie Herbert

Letter: An endorsement of Cindy Jerome
Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 7:27 pm

Editor of the Reformer,

I am writing to endorse Cindy Jerome to represent Putney, Dummerston, and Westminster in the legislature. Cindy brings a wealth of experience to the position, including serving seven years on the Dummerston selectboard, with two as Chair. She is currently in her eighth year as Town Moderator for Dummerston, where she is highly respected for her even hand at the helm, humor, and excellent grasp of the issues. Cindy has also headed up a successful non-profit business for nineteen years, and is known for giving excellent care and paying fair wages and benefits.

Cindy has lived in Windham County for 36 years, and raised her sons here. We are in times that require people with experience to make the political decisions that can have a very direct effect on our lives.

Please help me to elect Cindy Jerome and Mike Mrowicki to represent us. Please be sure to vote in the primary on August 14, or vote sooner by going by your town office.

Sincerely, Christie Herbert

Dummerston, June 15


Marshall Glickman

Jerome: organized, efficient, thorough
Originally published in The Commons issue #464 (Wednesday, June 20, 2018). This story
appeared on page D2.

RE: “Compassion meets fiscal common sense” [News, Jun. 13]:

I was glad to see your article on Cindy Jerome, who is running for a Windham-4 legislative seat.
Years ago, I served with her on the Brattleboro Food Co-op board. At the time, I was the
treasurer and Cindy was the chairperson — and she did a fabulous job.

I’ve had a varied and mostly successful business life. I’ve worked with hundreds of people,
including those at very large multinational corporations. And I’ve never met anyone as
organized, efficient, and thorough as Cindy.

Not only would I be delighted to vote for her (unfortunately I do not live in her district), I’d love
to see her be governor some day!

Thanks for profiling her, and I encourage readers to vote for her.

Marshall Glickman

Williamsville


Marlyn E. Grossman

Letter: Endorsement for Cindy Jerome
Posted Friday, July 6, 2018 7:12 pm

Editor of the Reformer:

Cindy Jerome is well qualified to become Vermont State Representative, Windham 4. She has exhibited maturity, guidance, patience, steadfastness and resolve in her position as director of both Holton House and Bradley House and here, in Dummerston, she has ably served as a member of our Select Board and the moderator of our town meetings.

Marlyn E. Grossman

Dummerston, June 28


Catie G. Berg

Letter: Jerome is experienced, capable leader
Posted Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:09 pm

Editor of the Reformer,

As a resident of Dummerston, I encourage people to join me in voting for Cindy Jerome in the Democratic primary for Vermont House District, Windham-4. Primary Day is Tuesday, August 14, and early voting is now available in the Town Halls of Dummerston, Putney, and Westminster.

Cindy is the experienced and capable leader who Windham-4 needs to replace David Deen upon his recent retirement from the Vermont House. I first knew Cindy as the Executive Director of Holton Home — plus in recent years, Bradley House, as it sought her oversight as well. At times when I performed in vocal ensembles that visited Holton Home and Bradley House, I was impressed to find the residents very well cared for. When visiting several friends who live, or have lived, at these homes, I found each pleased with her choice of residence. I believe that Cindy's resignation as Executive Director in May — to pursue elective office — positions her to enlarge the scope of her leadership, creativity, and integrity to advocate for the residents of Wihdham-4 and of all Vermont.

More recently, I have benefited from Cindy's talents as Town Moderator of Dummerston. I worked with activists to promote two articles at Dummerston's Town Meeting — one to accelerate Vermont's commitment to green energy and conservation, another to affirm Dummerston as a compassionate community. Cindy was helpful in advising me about protocols, plus was skilled at facilitating the agenda on Town Meeting Day. Notably, Cindy set a tone that honored civility in a democratic process that gave space for debate and decision-making while encouraging a neighborliness that rose above particular outcomes.

And what of Vermonters' needs for a living wage, affordable health care, robust natural resources, early childhood education, and a green economy? Honing her talents as a policy-maker, Cindy is a 2018 graduate of Emerge Vermont, a training ground for women who promote progressive Democratic policies. She has the education, experience, and collegiality to succeed in her efforts to provide Vermonters the human rights that we deserve.

Catie G. Berg

Putney, Aug. 6


Bill Conley

Letter: Support for Jerome
Posted Friday, August 3, 2018 7:06 pm

Editor of the Reformer:

Please vote for Cindy Jerome in the Aug. 14 Primary Elections for state representative of District 4 for Dummerston, Putney, Westminster. I have known Cindy since our children were in kindergarten at the Dummerston School more than 20 years ago. She has my support because of her extensive and deep experience in local government and as a manager and leader of elder care facilities and other human service organizations. She brings the experience we need in Montpelier to hit the ground running as our state representative.

Having served on many boards and worked in many organizational systems, I know how essential Cindy's quality of experience is for understanding systems, working collaboratively with others from different backgrounds and perspectives and arriving thoughtfully and carefully at tough decisions that are always fraught with consequences that perhaps all might not like. The nature of any governance requires experience and the hard lessons learned from the experience of making policy decisions that one considers best for those one represents. Cindy has over 20 years of just this kind of hard-won experience. Leading in any organization is not easy; it is not for the faint of heart. Cindy's vast government experience and performance as Dummerston selectboard member, selectboard chair, Town and School Moderator, etc. clearly makes her the right choice in this primary. We need someone of her calibre and experience to represent us in Montpelier. Please join me and others who value the decades of service and leadership Cindy has given to our communities and vote for her for state representative District 4 on Aug. 14.

Sincerely, Bill Conley

Dummerston, July 23


Laurie rowell, for Family

Family: 'Jerome treated the residents of Holton Home with love, compassion, and respect'
Originally published in The Commons issue #471 (Wednesday, August 8, 2018). This story appeared on page D2.

I am submitting the following letter at the request of, and on behalf of, the family of the resident referenced in the front-page article on July 25 in the Brattleboro Reformer, “Residential facilities correct their wrongs.”

The article begins with a detailed accounting of contributions to Holton Home over a five-year period by a resident there.
The resident’s family wishes to remain anonymous; their letter follows:

“We wish to express our dismay and sense of violation when we read the article which ran on the front page of the Reformer about our aunt, a Holton Home resident, and Cindy Jerome [then-executive director and now a candidate for the state Legislature].

“Our aunt, always generous to family, friends, and charities, was happy at Holton Home and, therefore, pleased to have the means to make improvements to the home to the benefit of all of the residents.

“From the beginning our aunt, and Cindy Jerome, made us aware of the donations to Holton Home. We were extremely grateful for Cindy’s assistance in writing checks for our aunt’s signature and help with balancing our aunt’s checkbook. We reviewed the checkbook, bank, and financial statements on a regular basis, with no findings of impropriety at any time.

“Cindy Jerome treated the residents of Holton Home with love, compassion, and respect. She always did her best to accommodate their wishes and to make Holton Home their home.

“It is unfortunate that her efforts were so misconstrued. We have the utmost respect for Cindy Jerome’s integrity and sincerity, and we greatly appreciate all she has done for our family.”

Laurie A. Rowell

Brattleboro


Joe cook

Letter: Cindy Jerome deserves support
Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:42 pm

Editor of the Reformer,

Nineteen years ago I served on the nominating committee of the Holton Home's Board of Directors, and subsequently chaired that board. We nominated Cindy Jerome to serve as our executive director. That was a decision of which I am very proud.

Much has been written about the fact that because of our state's regulations the Holton Home should have refused an unsolicited gift that it had received from one of its residents. Although I understand the reasons for that regulation, in other states residential care facilities are free to accept unsolicited gifts from their residents, and may solicit gifts from those residents.

Windham County is the oldest county in the second oldest state in our country. The Holton Home and Bradley House will continue to play an important role in caring for our older residents. Through its Choices for Care program, Vermont encourages older residents to stay at home as long as possible, and in many cases subsidizes their care. The average stay in nursing homes and residential care facilities has declined as residents are increasingly infirm when they enter those facilities. As a result, those facilities must work hard with families and discharge planners in order to maintain the full census that is critical to their survival. Medicaid pays only a portion of the cost of care in those facilities. After residents are admitted to Holton Home and Bradley House, they are never asked to leave because of their inability to pay for their care. Donations play an important part in meeting the budgets of residential care facilities, and financing capital projects. It should be noted that at the same time the State of Vermont encourages its older residents to stay at home, it prohibits residential care facilities from accepting unsolicited gifts from their residents, some of whom have the desire, financial and intellectual capacity to make those gifts.

I have lived in Dummerston for 38 years, and recently served on our town's select board, which Cindy Jerome previously chaired. During that time I have had numerous interactions with Cindy, and seen the tremendous job that she has done as our town's moderator. All Vermonters will be well served if Cindy becomes one of our representatives in Montpelier. I hope that the residents of Westminster, Putney and Dummerston will join me in voting for Cindy Jerome as our state representative in Windham-4 in the Democratic primary on August 14.

Joe Cook

Dummerston, July 30


Karen blanchard

Letter: Jerome cares about people
Posted Friday, August 10, 2018 7:09 pm

Editor of the Reformer:

I have known Cindy Jerome for 20 years, when my aunt and I chose Holton Home as a place for her - and her cat Spunky - to live. Over these many years I have seen Holton home thrive and continue to be a wonderful place for support and care. Cindy Jerome spearheaded a fundraising effort that enhanced the building, for example, the dining room, and the apartments where the residents live. She hired wonderful and competent people to provide activities and health support over the years.

Caring about ensuring available and affordable housing for seniors, she worked with the Board to include supporting and expanding Bradley House providing a portfolio of two wonderful places for seniors to live and thrive. This is but one example of how she has contributed to the Brattleboro community.

Cindy Jerome cares about people and ensuring that systems and finances that support them are appropriate and sustainable. We couldn't ask for a better and more competent person to represent us on August 14!

Karen J. Blanchard

Westminster, Aug. 9


connie baxter

Letter: Endorsement for Jerome and Mrowicki
Posted Friday, August 10, 2018 7:09 pm

Editor of the Reformer:

I'm writing to endorse Cindy Jerome and Mike Mrowicki in the primary race for Windham District 4 state representatives. I have known Cindy Jerome since 2011 when we participated in a Women's Leadership Circle. I have come to value her as a person of integrity who cares deeply about her community. She is hard-working and has strengths in organizational, communication and problem-solving skills. As a resident of Dummerston I have witnessed her efficacy as town moderator where she has a command of complex information and makes sure that all voices are heard in the discussion. I believe she would represent the people of our district well in Montpelier.

I have known Mike Mrowicki since 2006 and I value the work he has done in the state legislature. He works hard to stay informed, to advocate for what he feels is right and to communicate with his constituents. Whenever I write to him with a question or concern he responds quickly and with ample information to help me understand the issue. He has worked tirelessly and courageously to enact reasonable legislation to increase safety in firearms sales and use in our state.

I ask residents of Windham 4 to join me in voting for Cindy Jerome and Mike Mrowicki in the primary election.

Connie Baxter

Dummerston, Aug. 9