SHELBURNE Democrat Kate Webb of Shelburne has announced her candidacy for the Vermont House seat in the Chittenden 5-1 District representing Shelburne. Webb has been a special educator and speech language pathologist in the Chittenden South schools for 14 years. She was instrumental in helping to create an alternative literacy program for struggling language learners in Williston. She has worked with professionals from CSSU and the Baird Center to review service delivery models, resources, costs and facilities for the increasing number of students with autism entering the district. Webb also presented whole and small group workshops to teachers and staff on understanding and appreciating natural differences among people and how these differences can affect communication, leadership and teaching style as well as response to change and stress. Webb stated the importance of looking at solutions to provide relief to property taxpayers while maintaining the high quality of our public schools. I believe my unique perspective as both a property taxpayer in a high common level of appraisal district and as an educator will be valuable in the legislature, she said. Webb added that her proximity to the programs of Shelburne Farms has reinforced a strong commitment to the importance of educating individuals of all ages to develop a conservation ethic and sustainable future. From this perspective, I look forward to addressing Vermonts growing concerns regarding energy, agriculture, and roads and bridges in a vibrant, sustainable econom, Webb added. Webb was also a partner in a real estate firm for six years before returning to her education career. In that role, she gained experience in the complex issues facing homebuyers, land use policy, real estate law and running a business. A resident of Shelburne for 20 years, Webb lives on Shelburne Farms with her husband Marshall and has two daughters, Diana, and Sarah, two step-daughters, Molly and Lila, 27, and one grandson, Rowan. She holds a B.A. degree in psychology and an M.S. degree in communication science from the University of Vermont and is currently completing coursework in educational leadership. This is her first run for public office. She is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will challenge incumbent Republican Joyce Errecart in November.