Kate Webb, chair of the House Education Committee, will not stand for re-election

Rep.  Kate Webb, D-Shelburne.
Rep. Kate Webb, D-Shelburne, chair of the House Education Committee, speaks with Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, at the Statehouse in Montpelier in 2019. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Rep. Kate Webb, D-Shelburne, chair of the House Education Committee, said Wednesday she will not run for office this year.

“It’s time,” Webb told VTDigger. “It was an incredible experience. I was able to participate in important conversations about the state of Vermont. And now it’s time to focus on the next stage of my life, which is basically my family.

Webb is the latest in a wave of lawmakers and state officials announcing their retirement. The Shelburne Democrat has served in the Vermont House since 2009 and has chaired the House Education Committee since 2019, according to her official biography.

A former special educator and professor at the University of Vermont, Webb has also served as Deputy House Majority Leader and Deputy Deputy House Majority Leader. She spent several terms on the Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee.

“I had amazing opportunities,” she said.

Webb said she’s most proud of reforms to Vermont’s water quality laws, as well as work to improve literacy and school facilities. But she said she wishes the legislature could have done more to expand access to pre-K programs during her term.

Shelburne selection committee member and landscape architect Kate Lalley said she plans to run for the seat this fall. Webb said she would support Lalley.

If elected, Lalley said she hopes to focus on legislation regarding “the built and natural environment”.

“I think I could make significant contributions in the area of ​​housing and planning, community development, sustainable transportation, the environment, stormwater, water quality, and even efficiency. energy,” Lalley said.

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