"Even before Henry and Nathan lived in Essex, we shared a common bond through soccer. Throughout middle and high school, we competed against and with each other in soccer, track and field, cross country, Nordic skiing, and Scholars' Bowl. Even as we prepare to go off to college, we still run together and are grateful for our friendship formed through academic and athletic pursuits." -Henry Wu, Patrick Herrin, and Nathan Wu
Across town, across the years | "Our friendship began when our kids both attended Founders School. The kids' activities brought us together on the sidelines at school and sporting events, and deepened over many years of home and away games, team dinners, sleepovers, and more. Now, even though we moved to the Village and the kids have grown up and out of the house, we still have fun together and value the ties that bind us." -Phyllis and John Willey, Betsy and Pat Fleming
"We are cousins. Two of us live in a bustling neighborhood near five corners in the village. Two of us live in a cabin in the town outside the village. Before the pandemic we used to hang out in the neighborhood for trick or treating, socializing with the neighbors, or walking to get a cremee. We used to hang out at the cabin to listen to birds, watch bats, have a bonfire, or hear the band play. It’s the best of both worlds! We can’t wait to go back to our back and forth!"
"From 2012 - 2014, we were active volunteers with the Heart & Soul of Essex. We both still have several mementos we hold dear. One is this t-shirt, with the 6 core values that our community identified. Our parents recently bought a house together with Gabrielle in the Village, just a mile away from Stephanie in the Town. We are so happy to all be near each other here in Essex, with great services, wonderful local businesses, and a beautiful landscape." -Stephanie Ratté and Gabrielle Ratté Smith
"We’ve been married 16 years! He grew up in the Junction, I grew up in the Town. We’ve lived in Essex our whole lives! Raising our family in the town we grew up in and loving all that Essex has to offer them: great schools, great community, thoughtful growth and development, and safety." -Vasanthi and Justin Meyette
As senior members of the Essex Town Selectboard, Pat Murray and Andy Watts understand the need for Essex Town and Essex Junction to work together for the best interests of all residents regardless of the outcome of the upcoming vote. Together, they worked many volunteer hours getting the revote ballots ready to mail out to all active voters. Andy and Pat have served together for 2 years and look forward to continued collaboration in the year to come.