Scott moved to Vermont when he was nine years old (a decision he credits to his mothers and civil union legislation). After growing up in Barre, Scott fulfilled his childhood dream of moving to the big city, Burlington, in 2013.
Like many in the state, Scott was personally impacted by the opioid crisis. He entered recovery in 2013 following a six year struggle with opioid use disorder. Scott’s experience living in poverty with an untreated medical condition guided him towards personal advocacy work. Recognizing he received opportunities not afforded to other Vermonters, Scott dedicated his second chance at life to improving the state so that no others would know similar hardships.
His involvement with state politics began with the VLRS at the University of Vermont. After graduation, he would go on to intern, work and volunteer for Democratic candidates across the state.
Scott’s community involvement includes serving on the Ward 5 Neighborhood Planning Assembly steering committee, the City of Burlington’s CommStat panel, and the board of New Leaders Council of Vermont. As a person in recovery, Scott uses his lived experience to inform policy and combat stigmatization impacting marginalized people. Notable previous work includes Scott’s two terms of service with AmeriCorps, both dedicated to providing academic support to vulnerable youth.
Scott manages the University of Vermont’s Catamount Commitment, a program serving in-state students from limited-income backgrounds in their transition to college. When he’s not working or campaigning, Scott pursues an MPA (and will catch it, in 2021). He resides on Saint Paul Street with his wife, Kelly, and their two cats.
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