Dave Silberman


DAVE SILBERMAN
11/12/2020
  MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury attorney and newly elected Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman on Nov. 17 will ask the selectboard to place a referendum on the 2021 Town Meeting Day ballot asking residents if they’ll allow cannabis retailers to operate in town beginning in 2022. Should the board decline to place the cannabis question on the March ballot, Silberman said he’ll file a citizens petition to force the vote. He’s already begun gathering the requisite 5% of registered voter signatures in Middlebury (he’ll need around 300), and is confident he’d be able to gather “more than enough”...
11/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman breezed to victory in the race for Addison County High Bailiff, a contest that turned out to be one of Addison County’s most active and expensive clashes on Nov. 3. With the small community of Whiting yet to report its results Wednesday morning, Silberman held an insurmountable 10,425-7,464 advantage over the closest of his two competitors, Middlebury Republican Ron Holmes. Independent candidate Michael Elmore of Addison — a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department — was in third place, with 2,501 votes. “I’m proud to have run a...
10/29/2020
Without hesitation I support Dave Silberman for high bailiff in this upcoming election. Perhaps a lesser known position, the high bailiff has an important community role intended to put a check on the sheriff’s office. In an effort to prevent impropriety and misconduct the high bailiff may arrest the sheriff if they break the law. As a civilian, Dave can provide unbiased and independent oversight on law enforcement.  Personally, I have known Dave for a number of years and can attest to his courage in voicing the truth. You will hardly find another who tirelessly dedicates his time to the...
10/29/2020
Have you ever read a book that taught you so much and moved you so much that you wanted to wave it around and get everybody you know to read it? This happened to me when I read the book “Chasing the Scream,” by Johann Hari. This book documents the origins and outcomes of the United States War on Drugs, and while it is a nonfiction book, it reads like a thriller. Dave Silberman, who is running for the position of High Bailiff, has read “Chasing the Scream,” and many other books about the racism and injustice of U.S. drug laws. Dave cares so much about this issue that he has been advocating for...
10/29/2020
High Bailiff is a small but important position — its primary role is to ensure that our county’s elected sheriff never becomes viewed as above the law. Because a sheriff can’t be expected to arrest himself or herself, High Bailiff exists to deliver a warrant to the sheriff or arrest the sheriff if appropriate and necessary. This is a key oversight, and I’m glad that it’s part of Vermont law. For too long, Addison County has had an unofficial tradition of placing sheriff’s deputies into the office and treating High Bailiff as if it were a “Sheriff in Waiting” for a presumed future sheriff. But...
10/29/2020
Growing up an American taking middle school civics, I was taught early that “no one is above the law.” That hasn’t been obvious to anyone watching either the news coming out of the nation’s capital or paying attention to DUI charges in the City of Rutland here in Vermont. It seems that some people are above the law, or at least not prosecuted with the same zeal that you or I would be, not being a person in power or a police officer. We’re lucky in Addison County, Sheriff Newton is an upfront, honest law officer. He runs a department that seems to try very hard to get it right. Still, High...
10/29/2020
I am writing to endorse Dave Silberman for High Bailiff. The role of High Bailiff is to provide oversight to the sheriff’s department, to ensure that office is not above the law. Such civilian oversight over law enforcement is so important for preventing any possible misconduct and abuse. If the High Bailiff is also a member of the law enforcement community, independent oversight is impossible. Dave is running to put the sheriff’s office under this kind of objective, independent, civilian oversight.  I’ve known Dave for several years, and have been impressed by his intelligence, his...
10/22/2020
I have had the privilege of getting to know Dave Silberman over these last few months. When residents across Vergennes began to discuss what it would mean to have more citizen-involved policing in our beloved city, he quickly became a wise resource, a trusted voice, and a ready ally. It is my honor today to write in support of his candidacy to be our county’s High Bailiff. I have seen up close how he serves this community as a private citizen, and I look forward to seeing his impact amplified as a public official. At his core, Dave understands the value of bringing more people into the...

DAVE SILBERMAN
08/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Dave Silberman bested fellow Middlebury Democrat Ron Holmes, 3,962 to 2,298, in the only contested primary election in Addison County on Tuesday, for high bailiff. Silberman, an attorney, campaigned on a platform of using the high bailiff’s position as a civilian “check and balance” over the sheriff’s office and to gain a platform to discuss criminal justice issues and drug policy reforms. He will now go on to face independent candidate Mike Elmore, a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD), in the Nov. 3 General Election. Silberman has raised $7,245 for his...
08/06/2020
On your upcoming Democratic Primary Ballot, you will see a line for High Bailiff. I urge you to vote for David Silberman for this office. Here’s why. Unlike police officers, under Vermont law, the Sheriff answers to no one but the voters. But there can be a lot of time between elections. So, what happens if the Sheriff is confined, incapacitated, or violates the law? Answer: The High Bailiff steps in. The High Bailiff is the civilian oversight for the Sheriff. For that role, we need someone who is not already part of the Sheriff’s Office, looking to succeed the Sheriff. We need an external...

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