FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WOODSTOCK, VT — Tesha Buss, a Woodstock-based Democrat, announces her run for Windsor County-5 State Representative.
A proud entrepreneur, Buss opened two businesses in Plymouth in 2008 — Good Commons, a retreat home; and The Good Bus, a minibus transportation company. Utilizing resources from Vermont’s Small Development Center and a grassroots marketing approach, Buss grew both businesses. Selling The Good Bus in 2015, Buss continues to welcome guests to Good Commons.
“I want to see Vermont grow into a state where our next generation can make a living wage and small businesses can thrive,” said Buss, a single mother to an 8-year old. “I think of my own daughter and if she chooses a path of entrepreneurship when she’s older, I want Vermont to represent a place of opportunity and innovative support for her.”
Buss is experienced at renovating and permitting businesses at the state and local level. She has seen firsthand the positive economic impact of net zero planning in her businesses, the non-profit organizations she has collaborated with, and in her own home. In Woodstock, she chaired the Rainbow Playschool Renovation Project as the Permitting Specialist, General Contractor and Grants Manager.
Through her efforts, Buss enabled the creation of 18 new childcare spots for infants and toddlers at Rainbow Playschool. She was instrumental in opening The Community Campus, a COVID learning center that provided children with a space to learn during the pandemic, enabling working families to return to jobs in person. It continues to offer quality after school and summer programming for children.
Buss entered public service in 2009, serving as an Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce board member. Subsequently, she served as president of the Ludlow Rotary Club and as treasurer of LPC-TV.
Buss grew up on a 4th generation family farm in Illinois growing corn and soybeans along with a dairy and hog business. When the farm went under, her parents purchased a tavern and Buss worked at the diner next door between her studies. She went on to receive a BFA in Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, moved to New York City, and performed for 15 years with her best show being the Broadway production of Cats. Seven seasons at The Weston Playhouse facilitated her move to Vermont.