Why I'm Running

As your Representative in Montpelier, I will work hard for the people of both Vernon and Guilford. I believe that it's through coming together and listening to each other that we can find creative solutions to help keep our small rural communities strong, healthy and vibrant. I invite you to join my campaign and hope that I will earn your vote in this election.

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Working together to build a strong future for our rural communities

Economy | Schools | Stewardship | Community

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Sara will bring fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit to the legislature in Montpelier. She will listen and work energetically on behalf of her constituents to help build strong, integrated systems of support that address important issues facing rural Vermont families.

Sara cares about the future of our small rural communities and as your State Representative she will work to:

• Strengthen Southern Vermont’s post VY economy through innovative approaches to workforce development and job creation

• Invest in our youth by ensuring quality public education

• Support farming families, local agriculture and stewardship of the land and water

• Help working people and small businesses by supporting access to affordable housing and healthcare

Vote Sara Coffey for Vernon/Guilford State Representative

Sara has been gaining endorsements from community members in Vernon and Guilford that support her campaign. Check out her Endorsements page to see more!

"I grew up in Guilford in a farming family that has been working the land for over ten generations and I first met Sara many years ago volunteering at the Sugar on Snow Suppers at the Grange. When Sara told me she was running for office I could not have been more excited.

Sara cares deeply about Guilford and Vernon, the people who live here, and the traditions of our farming families. She’ll bring innovative ideas to the legislature, ask hard questions, listen to her constituents, and make good choices on our behalf.

In my line of work, which is policy advocacy and education, we often talk about blockers and builders. Blockers are the people who are particularly good at stopping bad policies from being passed; whereas builders have a vision for the future and are good at working with people to achieve that vision. Sara is a builder if I ever met one."

~Heather Franklin, Guilford resident and campaign volunteer

Creating connections and resources to strengthen our communities for all Vermonters

Innovative | Dedicated | Experienced

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Sara is an experienced leader and community builder with more than two decades of organizational management, community organizing, and public advocacy experience. Sara grew up in a large working class Irish family outside Boston where she was active in her community as a volunteer and student leader. She first came to Vermont to earn an undergraduate degree from Marlboro College and the School for International Training. Sara then went on to earn a M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU, and after 15 years of working in the nonprofit cultural sector in New York City, she returned to Southern Vermont in 2004 with her husband to raise their two small children and start two businesses: Guilford Sound and Vermont Performance Lab.

Sara is the founder and Director of Vermont Performance Lab, a community-based organization that links art-making with civic engagement. Over the past decade, Sara's program leadership at Vermont Performance Lab and her innovative approach to building community and civic dialogue through the arts has been recognized by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Community Foundation.

Sara has been an active volunteer in her community, serving on the several school associations and boards including Marlboro College and the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. She has been an active member of the Broad Brook Grange, Guilford’s 250th committee, and most recently as the President of the Broad Brook Community Center, where she has been working with the community to steward a $1.2 million campaign to transform Guilford’s grange hall into a vibrant community center. She has twice been elected as Justice of the Peace in Guilford and currently serves on the Board of Civil Authority. Sara also serves as Co-Chair of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Advisory Council, and she is a member of Emerge Vermont's Class of 2018.

Sara lives in Guilford with her husband Dave Snyder and their two teenage children Izzy and Daniel.

Learn more about Sara in her recent BCTV interview:

SARA IN THE NEWS

Sara and her campaign have been featured in sources including The Brattleboro Reformer, VT Digger, The Commons and more. In addition, local community members have been writing letters to the editor in support of Sara's candidacy.

Check out her News page to see all the coverage!

Upcoming events

Learn more about Sara by joining her at a local event!

Candidate Forums

Tuesday, October 16th from 7-8:30pm

Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Rd, Vernon

Co-sponsored by the Vernon Democratic and Republican Committees

Moderator: Martin Langeveld of the Vernon Planning Commission

Tuesday, October 23rd from 7-8:30pm

Guilford Central School Cafeteria, School House Road, Guilford

Sponsored by Broad Brook Grange #151

Moderator: Rick Zamore, Broad Brook Grange Member and Guilford Town Moderator

At these two candidate forums local residents will meet Democratic Candidate Sara Coffey and Republican Candidate Patrick Gilligan who will discuss their candidacies for the State Representative Seat covering Guilford and Vernon. Residents will have the opportunity to submit written questions to be answered by the candidates. Refreshments will be available.

Community events

Your Vote is Your Voice

Friday, October 26th from 6-11pm

118 Elliot in Brattleboro

Hosted by Windham County Democrats, this gathering will be a fun opportunity for community members and candidates to get together to socialize, talk about issues, and build energy for the final week of campaigning and voting! Sara will be joining Christine Hallquist and David Zuckerman, along with other local senate and house candidates. Local community groups are being invited to set up information tables, and refreshments will be provided.

Press the Vote at Tree Frog Farm

Saturday, October 27th from 2-4pm

Hosted by John Scagliotti and Verandah Porche. The event will include cider pressing and apple pie and will bring together candidates for state offices and local supporters. Sara will be joined by Christine Hallquist and David Zuckerman!

If you are interested in attending, please contact coffeyforthehouse@gmail.com for the location and other details.

Volunteer opportunities

Sara's campaign relies on the power of volunteers! Learn more about volunteering on our volunteer page, or contact our Campaign Manager, Jen Carr, at coffeyforthehouse@gmail.com to ask questions and sign up for a shift.

Group Canvass - Community Door Knocking

Saturday, October 20th, 1-5pm

Meeting location: Campaign HQ, 542 Fitch Road, Guilford

Join Sara to knock on doors in the community! You will help spread the word about Sara's campaign and hear from voters about the issues that are most important to them. We will meet as a group for a quick training session, then spread out in teams to reach different neighborhoods and finish up with pizza to thank our volunteers!

Please contact coffeyforthehouse@gmail.com for more details.

Get Out The Vote Phone Banking

Tuesday, October 30th, 5-8pm

Friday, November 2nd, 5-8pm

Saturday, November 3rd, 1-5pm

Sunday, November 4th, 1-5pm

Meeting location: Campaign HQ, 542 Fitch Road, Guilford

Join Sara and other volunteers to call your neighbors and ensure strong voter turnout! Our first phone bank will remind voters that early voting begins on September 22nd. Other phone bank parties are scheduled for the lead up to the November 6th election.

Please contact coffeyforthehouse@gmail.com for more details.

Volunteer to support Sara's campaign!

This campaign is about building bridges and pitching the big tent. There is space for everyone to get involved, so please don’t hesitate to join our campaign as a volunteer by using the sign-up form below. Here are some of the ways you can help:

KNOCK! KNOCK!

Sara has been busy knocking on doors to meet her neighbors and learn about the issues that are important to the people in Vernon and Guilford. You can volunteer to join Sara as a driver for a specific door-knocking shift, or join us for group canvass days where teams of volunteers will all meet for a training and then spread out to knock on doors in different neighborhoods.

PHONE CALLS AND MAILINGS

As we get closer to November 6th, we will be organizing phone bank parties where we get together with our neighbors to make phone calls reminding people to vote on Election Day. If you would like to help with phone calls, we will have a quick training and a script available. We will also send out a postcard mailer with information about Sara’s campaign and we need volunteers to help us with labeling and stamping.

EVENTS

We have several neighborhood gatherings coming up and we will also be at a number of public events throughout the campaign. You can support Sara by hosting a community gathering in your home or by volunteering to staff an event table where guests sign in and pick up campaign literature. You can also invite Sara to speak at an event or join you as a guest.

SPREAD THE WORD!

One important way you can help is by writing a letter to the editor of The Commons or The Brattleboro Reformer explaining why you support Sara’s campaign. Also, follow our Facebook page online, and in addition to “liking” Sara’s posts, share them with your network and encourage people to sign up for the mailing list using the form at the top of this site to receive campaign updates every few weeks.

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Please direct all press questions to Sara Coffey at saracoffeyvt@gmail.com

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