On Tuesday, the voters of Addison County, Buels Gore, and Huntington voted to elect me as their newest state senator. I am honored to be the top-vote-getter in a heavily contested, two-seat race. I am thrilled that months of hard work paid off and I look forward to serving the people of Vermont well.

Thank you to the hundreds of people in the district, and around Vermont and the country who supported my campaign in big and small ways. You donated time, money, expertise, and endorsements to help me win. It was an incredible team effort.

Please know that all of the notes, messages, and words of encouragement were extremely important to me. Running for office is hard work. It’s not easy to put yourself out there every single day. Thank you for helping me stay on track, hydrated and fed, positive and energetic.

I am fortunate to be among so many incredibly dedicated women in Vermont and around the country who step up, run for office, and support other women too. I am grateful to my fantastic team who helped me plan and execute an effective and thoughtful campaign from start to finish.

Finally, I have a truly amazing family who has been with me 100% every step of the way. There is absolutely no way I could have done this without them.

Together we can do anything. Thank you.

With gratitude and joy,



“Senator Chris Bray’s dedication to public service and his deep experience in the Vermont Legislature are the perfect match for Ruth Hardy’s community service, energy and enthusiasm as they run for the Vermont Senate.

Chris has amassed an impressive record of accomplishments in the Vermont Legislature, starting with his Farm to Plate Bill in 2009, which has helped add 6,400 new jobs statewide, to the Clean Water Act, which takes an “Everybody In” approach to improving water quality. He listens to all Vermonters and represents us fairly and with great attention to detail.

Ruth brings vital knowledge of our public education system and of how to craft collaborative budgets. She has given 16 years of public service to our local community, serving on the boards of early childhood programs and school boards.

Together, Chris and Ruth offer a unique blend of experience and enthusiasm and will work hard to create excellent jobs, a good life for families and children, and a clean and healthy environment.

I’m casting my two votes for Sen. Chris Bray and for Ruth Hardy for the Vermont Senate on Nov. 6.”

Fran Putnam lives in Weybridge. This letter was published in the Addison Independent on September 17.

Fran Putnam

“On Tuesday, May 22, I gathered with a crowd of 200 people at American Flatbread to celebrate Ruth Hardy’s Senate campaign launch. The heartfelt  introduction by Ruth’s daughter Greta, the palpable energy of the crowd, and Ruth’s charisma left me feeling hopeful for the future.

Ruth Hardy has proven herself as a local leader who will advocate for the progress that matters most to young families like mine: strengthening Vermont’s educational opportunities, ensuring that childcare and pre-K are accessible and affordable, and fighting for the protection of our environment. As executive director of Emerge Vermont, Ruth has empowered dozens of women to run for political office. Now it’s her turn.

2018 promises to be the year where women across this country will rise up and claim their place at the table of American politics. I am looking forward to doing my part to ensure that Ruth Hardy is my voice in the Vermont Senate.”

This post appeared as a letter to the editor in the Addison County Independent on June 12, 2018. Jori Jacobeit is an award-winning French teacher at Mt. Abraham High School in Bristol and a member of the Addison Central School District Board. She lives in Shoreham.

Jori Jacobeit