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A sampling of recent news and updates as I move forward with a voice of collaboration and strength for Essex Junction.

September 12, 2022

2021 Legislative End of Session Report

Check out the End of Session Report with updates on key bills passed in 2021.
2021 Legislative End of Session Report

May 26, 2021

Pre-Election News Coverage

Voting is in full swing with hundreds of mail in ballots returning to the Essex Town Clerk each day. Local media resources are reaching out to candidates to gather perspectives on topics such as COVID-19 recovery, health care, education, and climate change. 
This week, I shared my thoughts with The Essex Reporter and CCTV & Town Meeting TV. See the links below for the full pieces and please reach out any time with questions or to share your thoughts on issues. Community input is essential for decision-making and I am committed to involving as many voices as possible.

October 15, 2020

Whats Next?

Thank you all so much for your energy, inspiration, and commitment to our Village. No matter the outcome of this Primary, I am fortunate for the experience to be more connected with my community. We have important work ahead!  

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August 5, 2020

Essex Reporter Meet the Candidates: Karen Dolan, Chittenden-8-2 Democrat Race

Thankful for the opportunity to share information about my campaign and platform in the local paper prior to the August 11th Primary. 

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July 21, 2020

Support from Neighbors

I am extremely grateful for the support, inspiration, and connection from fellow community members. Together we can accomplish so much for our Village. Read More....

July 3, 2020

First-time candidates looking to bring new voices to the State House

Happy to be included in this VTDigger article highlighting new candidates.

Our current situation with COVID-19 highlights more than ever the importance of resilient statewide systems to ensure all Vermonters can thrive. From the start of my campaign, I have been committed to strengthening our safety nets. I look forward to being a voice of leadership and collaboration on these priorities going forward. We have important work to do!  Read More......

May 12, 2020

Vermont National Guard coverage of our recent legislative tour at the Ethan Allen Firing Range.

September 20, 2022

EmergeVT Alums Win Big in Primary

August 10, 2022

2022 Legislative End of Session Report

Check out the End of Session Report with updates on key bills passed in 2022.
2022 Legislative End of Session Report

June 18th, 2022

2021 Legislative Town Meeting Week Report

Check out this mid-session report on highlights from the session so far. 

2021 Legislative Town Meeting Week Report

March 4, 2021

Gathering Our Village Voices as Election Day Approaches

With last month’s Primary Election behind us and a solid foundation established, campaign efforts are now focused on the General Election. I am happy to share that incumbent State Representative, Lori Houghton, and I are joining efforts to campaign as a team. Together we will bring experienced leadership, collaboration, and Village voice to the State House.

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September 16, 2020

2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate

Today I was recognized as a 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate. I fully support policies that work towards common sense gun safety and ultimately end gun violence in our communities. Learn more about this organization here:

August 5, 2020

Coming Together to Carry Our Village Voices to the State House

With less than a month until the August 11th Primary, I am reaching out to make sure everyone is ready to vote. Now is the time to make sure our voices are heard.

During the past couple of months, it has been inspiring to hear your priorities, stories, and vision for the future of our community. My motivation to run as a State Representative for Essex Junction is deeply rooted in my commitment to community engagement. The Village has provided so much for my family over the past 14 years. I look forward to the opportunity to use my skills and experience to give back in such a meaningful way.


July 20, 2020

A Voice for Resilience and Leadership

These are challenging times as we navigate our way through racial injustice, COVID-19, and economic uncertainty. It has been heartbreaking to hear stories from friends and neighbors struggling to put food on the table, patiently waiting for unemployment checks to arrive, or finding out that their childcare has shut down permanently. I have also heard community members courageously voice their personal experiences of harm from racism or other hate. And others have expressed the general fear and anxiety they face as they try to do what they can to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19.  Read More.....

June 25, 2020

Our Community Holds Us Together. Our Shared Vision Will Keep Us Strong.  

Our experiences over recent weeks bring tremendous transitions, tragedies, and reflection. Our world, our state, and our community have forever changed. It has been heart-wrenching to hear the stories of loss from so many. At the same time, there are powerful moments of inspiration as community members come together to support each other and fill the gaps exposed by this crisis. The world around us has changed while the values holding our community together remain the same.   Read More....

May 1, 2020

New Law Lets Sexual and Domestic Violence Cases Go to Community Justice Centers

July 2023

CCTV & Town Meeting TV Candidate Forum

This week I had the opportunity to join Rep. Lori Houghton, along with our opponent, for a live candidate forum on CCTV & Town Meeting TV.

Check out the full show to hear our perspectives on issues including housing, health care, education, and the justice system. There is important work on the horizon and I would be honored to carry the voices of Essex Junction to Montpelier.

September 15, 2022

Essex Junction Celebrates City Status

July 1, 2022

Gearing Up for 2022 Legislative Session

The second half of the legislative biennium begins Tuesday, January 4th. After a year of meeting remotely, we’re headed back to the statehouse with protocols in place to reduce risk. See below for some updates on the session ahead and how to stay connected. I look forward to bringing your voice to the table as a strong advocate for our community.
Gearing Up for 2022 Legislative Session

December 26, 2021

Thank You

Thank you voters. Looking forward to the start of session in January!

-Karen Dolan

November 4, 2020

August 2020 Primary Coverage

The Primary race was a success and now we move to the General Election on November 3rd. I am very thankful for all ways people contributed to this effort and feel confident that we will have great outcomes ahead. Below are some links on primary coverage as well as my notes of appreciation.


Karen Dolan for VT House Newsletter


Essex Reporter Letter to the Editor


VTDigger Primary Election Coverage

August 17, 2020

Democratic Primary Forum - State Rep. for Chittenden 8-2

On July 24th, CCTV & Town Meeting TV  held a live forum for 8-2 Democratic candidates to connect with voters and discuss important issues such as COVID19 recovery, education funding, and legislative priorities for the next biennium.

July 26, 2020

Vermont Conservation Voters Endorsement

My campaign is honored to be selected for early endorsement by the Vermont Conservation Voters in advance of the August 11th State Primary.  Read More....

July 10, 2020

Rights and Democracy of Vermont Essex Candidate Forum

On May 22, 2020 I joined five other candidates at a forum held by the Essex Area chapter of Rights and Democracy. We each shared opening remarks and answered questions on topics ranging from environmental rights, equitable access to resources, and opportunities for change.  Watch the Video....

May 22, 2020

Campaign Announcement in Essex Reporter

“Essex Junction is a vibrant, growing community that requires a strong and connected voice at the State House,” Dolan said. “As a Village resident for the past 14 years, I feel fortunate to say that Essex Junction is the community that showed me what community is all about. I am running for state representative to ensure Essex Junction continues to thrive and that all Vermonters have access to communities that support them to succeed. As I start my campaign, I look forward to connecting with more neighbors to strengthen our village.”  

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February 10, 2020

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