Hi, I’m Andrew Brewer.
I’m hoping to earn your vote in the Washington County Democratic Primary, tomorrow, August 14th!
I will work hard for the residents of Washington County, and all Vermonters, if you elect me to serve in the Vermont Legislature.
I was raised in Berlin and attended Berlin Elementary School and U32 High School. My son Adam, a musician and performing artist living in NYC, and daughter Abby, sophomore at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, also attended U32. I earned a B.A. in Political Science at UVM. After a career racing bicycles in the West, I returned home in 1995 to become the manager of Onion River Sports, settling in Berlin. I purchased ORS in 2000, and opened a second store—The Shoe Horn—in 2001. For decades both stores were an important part of Montpelier’s economic vibrancy.
I live in Montpelier with my partner Sarah Jarvis, an attorney, and her two boys, Dan and Emmett. Sarah’s sons and my own two children have loved growing up in Central Vermont. Like all parents, we want our children to have what we have had: a great public education, a chance to get out and see the world, and the desire and opportunity return to Vermont, bringing those experiences with them. They—and all Vermonters—should have the opportunity to contribute to the sustainability, affordability, and quality of life of Vermont.
Small business is a cornerstone of community. This belief was reflected in the way that I ran my business and the way that the business interacted with and supported the Central Vermont community. We initiated and supported many events and projects that brought people together, created a sense of community, and raised money for important public institutions like the library, the schools, and the food shelf.
I have been a vocal champion and supporter of all things that make Central Vermont a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family. Some of my successes include the following:
- Supported the launch of The Vermont Mountaineers through the Montpelier Rotary Club.
- Started and promoted the now classic “Montpelier Mile” July 3rd running race.
- Raised over $100,000 for the Kellogg-Hubbard Library through the Onion River Century Ride.
- Established “trick or treating” in downtown businesses in Montpelier.
- Began Vermont’s first used bicycle swap, now known as The Montpelier Bike Swap.
- Organized and promoted hundreds of cycling, skiing and running events throughout the years to encourage healthy lifestyles and outdoor activity.
- Supported the establishment of Morse Farm Ski Touring Center.
- Privileged to support hundreds of Central Vermont organizations and non-profits dedicated to service and the betterment of our community.
I am known for bringing people together, being a problem-solver with an open mind, and having an ability to set aside differences to accomplish what is best in any given situation. Your support will allow me to bring my experience, enthusiasm, and realistic perspective to the Vermont legislature.