Joan Lenes of Shelburne announced she is seeking re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives where she has served the towns of Shelburne and St. George as the member for Chittenden District 5-2 since being elected in 2006.
“I am privileged to serve this District where I have such strong connections,” said Lenes while announcing her candidacy. “I look forward to this year’s campaign; it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with my neighbors and go door-to-door, hearing their thoughts and ideas.”
This session, Lenes co-sponsored and promoted legislation including mental healthcare for children, healthcare access for Vermonters, the new state hospital, the Farm-to-Plate investment program, working landscapes legislation, corrections reform, and improved transparency in government and budgeting. Rep. Lenes is a member of the Institutions and Corrections Committee and serves as Clerk of this Committee.
“As a member of the Committee, I helped craft the Capital Bill — allocating $153 million dollars to capital construction for this biennium. I also worked on legislation addressing the ever-increasing cost of the Corrections budget,” said Lenes. “I believe fundamentally that education, prevention, and rehabilitation are the precursors to meaningful Corrections reform. In the long term, healthy communities lead naturally to better public safety, at lower taxpayer expense.”
A Shelburne resident since 1979, Lenes brings decades of experience in community projects affecting local public education and small business. While raising two children in Shelburne, Lenes served on the Shelburne Community School Board beginning in the early 1990s and then joined the Champlain Valley Union High School Board of School Directors, where she remains an elected member today. Lenes also serves as Clerk on the Chittenden South Supervisory Union Board and is a Trustee at the University of Vermont. With her husband, Helmut, Lenes operated a successful mountaineering outfitter, which reached an international market from humble beginnings in Shelburne and Burlington.
Lenes holds a BA in sociology from the University of Florida and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont.