My name is Brittany Cavacas. I am writing this letter to formally announce my candidacy for the Vermont State Senate in Rutland County. I am running as an Independent. I feel that before you select a candidate, it is best to get to know that candidate first. When it comes to myself, I feel that my life experiences are defined in this campaign. I have been a part of the Rutland County community for all of my life.
I was born in Rutland and raised in Proctor by my parents Terry and Hurley Cavacas Jr. My dad was a high school math professor and currently is a college professor/business owner. My mom was an administrator at residential care homes in the region and is now a retired grandma. I graduated high school in 2003 from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland then went to the Community College of Vermont Rutland and then transferred to Champlain College in Burlington. I received a degree in Health Care Administration. I was avid in local sports. This included soccer, basketball, softball, swimming, and dancing.
My work experience in health care administration has helped my understanding of health care that affects fellow Vermonters old and young. My decision to go into the health care administration field is because of direct ties to my mom and my grandfather’s experience in the field. I have held several different positions within the health care field and I currently work for the Adult Family Care Division for the Vermont Department of Health.
I see our state’s healthcare as an opportunity to fix antiquated systems that cost Vermonters millions and sacrifice health care quality to all of you. We can make health care work for all of us in this county.
I also have a passion for working with future generations to help them succeed in their lives. My passion for civics, volunteering, and politics first came in middle school after doing a research paper on women who changed the world. Recently, I was elected as a commissioner of the Rutland City School Board. I am currently serving my first term on the board and was elected to be a part of the policy sub-committee. Along with the school board position, I am the founder of the non-profit We Are Girls With Dreams, a non-profit for anti-bullying and youth empowerment for tomorrow’s leaders. This group is targeted for young women in the age group of 4th grade up to college. Founded in 2019, this group has done multiple workshops in local schools, went on a trip to the UN in New York City, and plans to have leadership conferences at the site of the former College of St Joseph.
My life’s journey has led to this very moment. The reason that I decided to enter the Senate race is because I see the division between party extremes in Montpelier and it has led to little progress for fellow Vermonters. It is why I decided to run as an independent. I want to represent all Vermonters in our county and not be aligned with a political party. I want to make our economy work for tomorrow. The rising concerns of people and business leaving our state is real! I see it for myself in my daily life when it comes to budgeting and the cost of living. We have so many opportunities at our disposal to bring affordability back to Vermonters. I feel we can also provide a more business-friendly atmosphere for all types of businesses without having to sacrifice our state’s beauty or traditions. I feel my vast experiences within healthcare gives me the right frame of mind to execute health care that works for everyone!
Lastly, I identify that tomorrow leaders need to have a say in the future of Vermont. I want to make the voice of younger Vermonters be seen and heard. By giving the necessary tools to promote our state’s local women and youth, we can provide hope for a bright future for our great state. I am committed to this community and I have a desire to make people’s lives better while working for progress for our state. Let’s bring Vermont into the next generation! I would be honored if you considered me for your vote this November for State Senate.
Brittany Cavacas, Rutland, Vermont State Senate candidate for Rutland County