SHELBURNE Democratic State Representative Joan Lenes announced her re-election bid to represent the towns of Shelburne and St. George, District Chittenden 5-2. A Shelburne resident since 1979, Lenes served on the Shelburne Community School Board beginning in the early 1990s before joining the Champlain Valley Union High School Board of School Directors, which she continues to serve. I am privileged to serve this district where I have such strong connections, said Lenes upon announcing her candidacy last week. I look forward to a campaign where I plan to connect with my neighbors by going door to door to hear their thoughts on the future of the district and the state. Lenes said she helped secure continued funding in the transportation bill for the town of Shelburne, for its quiet zone at railroad crossings. Lenes said she will continue to seek alternative funding sources for this important local initiative. During her first term, Lenes was named a member of the Institutions and Corrections Committee and served as Clerk on this Committee. As a member of the committee, I helped craft the state capital bill allocating $54 million dollars worth of capital construction for this fiscal year and legislation to deal with the ever increasing cost of the corrections budget, said Lenes. We need job training services for inmates while they are incarcerated as well as transitional housing and rehabilitation services to cut recidivism rates. Lenes holds a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Florida and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Vermont.