Lucy was born in Waterville. She attended Waterville Elementary School and Lamoille Union Middle / High School, where she graduated as valedictorian. Lucy balanced schoolwork with milking her family's cow each morning, gardening, and sugaring.
After high school, Lucy traveled out West to pursue her passion for conservation biology, and worked for two grizzly bear research projects. She was also influenced by her background in agriculture to work throughout the country for a beef cattle ranch, a dairy farm, and a birch syrup business. These jobs gave her a sense of the common challenges faced by rural places and agricultural businesses.
Lucy returned East for college. After completing her freshman year at Harvard University, she transferred to the University of Vermont to continue her studies in her home state. Lucy graduated magna cum laude from UVM with a BA in biology and minors in Chinese and math. Her honors thesis examined public representation in wildlife management decisions, and ways to improve communication between landowners and wildlife managers.
Lucy's decision to run for Vermont House stemmed from a desire to use her voice to serve the people of her home community. Rural perspectives are often overrun in state governments, and the results can be seen in policies that damage local farms and businesses and disregard the need for Internet access and public transportation in rural places. Growing up, Lucy was influenced by her parents’ commitment to their friends and neighbors, and by her dad’s work as an independent physician in Johnson. Lucy was raised with an ethic of investing in her community and listening closely to her neighbors, and she will continue those practices as your representative. She believes that legislators should always be accessible and transparent.
Lucy resides in Waterville and works at the Village Tavern in Jeffersonville. She would love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to her by phone (730-0604) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to follow her Facebook page (www.fb.com/lucyrogersvt).