Lucy was born on the old Wallace Coburn land in Waterville and 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 to Western Canada to pursue her passion for conservation biology. She worked for two grizzly bear research projects, which involved trapping and radio-collaring grizzlies and collecting bear hair from trees and fences. She was also influenced by her background in agriculture to work for a beef cattle ranch out West, a Vermont dairy farm, and an Alaskan birch syrup business. These jobs gave her a sense of the common challenges faced by rural places and agricultural businesses throughout the country.
Lucy returned East for college and began her studies at Harvard University in Boston. After completing her freshman year, she realized that where she really wanted to be was in Vermont, using her skills to directly benefit the people who had nurtured and inspired her throughout her life. For this reason combined with financial considerations, she transferred to the University of Vermont for her last three years of college. Lucy graduated magna cum laude from UVM with a major in biology and minors in Chinese and math. Her senior thesis examined public representation in wildlife management decisions and possibilities for improving communication between landowners and wildlife managers.
Lucy's decision to run for Vermont House stemmed from a desire to vouch for the people of her home community. Rural voices 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 watched her mom (Betsy Field) form and maintain personal connections in the community and her dad (Paul Rogers) provide health care to local families 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, both during their campaigns and while in the statehouse.
Lucy currently 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).