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Leanne Harple announces she is running for the Orleans-4 House seat

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GLOVER – Leanne Harple, a former member of the Glover Select Board, has announced her candidacy for the Vermont State Representative seat in Orleans-4 District, which includes Albany, Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro.

Harple is entering the race to succeed Rep. Katherine Sims, who is leaving the seat this spring.

With a rich background in local government, Harple wants to use her experience to address broader state issues.

Her campaign will focus on critical areas such as affordable housing, climate action, education, healthcare and mental health, highlighting the specific challenges facing rural communities in Vermont.

A Northeast Kingdom native, Harple is motivated by a sincere desire to serve her community more broadly and ensure the well-being of Vermont’s rural residents.

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Her campaign will spotlight these priorities as she looks to leverage her understanding of the complexities of small towns to solve problems at the state level.

Endorsed by figures such as Representative Sims and Maria Young, executive director of the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Harple has been recognized for her dedication to the community.

Sims praised her as a dedicated community member with a wide range of involvement ranging from education to journalism.

In addition, as an English teacher and department chair at Hazen Union School in Hardwick, and as president of the Orleans Southwest Education Association, Harple is a fierce advocate for rural schools and educational development.

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