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About Alderwoman Tara Brooks

tbrooksborderI am a native Vermonter who grew up in the Bristol area. I went to Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro and graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 1997. I have a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and am currently working on a master’s degree in educational leadership. I work as the Director of Afterschool and Summer Services for the Addison Northwest School District.  

In October 2020 I will celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. My husband Josh Brooks grew up in Panton and is a VUHS graduate. We have three daughters, Ellie, 10, Olivia, 16, and Addie, 18. They are current students at VUES and VUHS. I am currently the president of the Commodore Friends of Music and the Vergennes Swim team. 
Ever since taking a course at Mt. Abe taught by former Vergennes council member Greg Clark, I have been drawn to serving my community through civic leadership. Greg made it clear that we all have a responsibility to be active participants in our communities. When I would see Greg around Vergennes as an adult, he would often encourage me to run for office despite our difference of opinion and political affiliation. I would often joke with him that if I ever ran it would be against him.  I decided to run in part to fulfill a promise I made to him. I am also serving because I feel like I have something to offer the residents of Vergennes.   

My number one priority for the City is infrastructure. I would like the council to address a permanent fix to the City’s storm water overflow issues. The City of Vergennes should not be putting any untreated water into Otter Creek. I would also like to see long term maintenance plans developed for the City Pool and Veteran’s Park. I do not want to see Vergennes in a position like Winooski or Rutland, where their pools were closed for 2-3 years due to deferred maintenance. The City pool is an invaluable resource that many of our families rely on during the summer months. Sidewalks are also an issue around Vergennes. I would like the city to make a strong investment in infrastructure improvements.   

I am also in support of the direction the recreation committee is taking.  I am excited that the city will once again have a recreation coordinator. I would like to see this position continue to grow.  We have a lot to offer in terms of recreation in Vergennes and I am excited about what the future will bring for Vergennes.

Connect with Councilmember Tara Brooks
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Twitter: @tlbrooksvt
Phone: (802) 734-0031