As I listen to Vermonters across the county, I've been asked my position on additional issues, like these:
• Gun violence. I agree we need universal background checks to close the loophole on private sales and sales at gun shows. I also support measures to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. I fully support Vermont's hunting culture, and I'm convinced we can find ways to both preserve hunters' experiences and protect our children and other innocent people from shootings.
• Women's reproductive rights. I am definitely pro-choice. My feeling is that most times when a woman is considering having an abortion, she is facing a range of challenges that only she can sort out, and frequently having an abortion is the least objectionable of a variety of objectionable choices. My heart goes out to anyone who finds herself in the circumstances in which she must make this decision -- but it must entirely be her decision, and abortions must remain safe and legal in this country so that she can make it without fear or risk to herself.
• Climate change and the environment. Vermont must be a leader on climate change, which is human-caused and can be addressed by intentional measures. I would support a carbon tax that holds low-income persons harmless. I am fully in favor of a move to 100% renewable energy and would work to expand both solar energy and wind power in the appropriate circumstances. We must also continue to address stormwater mitigation, an issue that I have been particularly involved in because of my role on the Williston Selectboard, which is a municipal leader in the state on stormwater.
• LGBTQ rights. As a lesbian myself, I fully support all civil rights and protections for the entire LGBTQ community, including same-sex marriage and gender-neutral bathrooms.