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ORWELL — Orwell voters will return to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to cast ballots on a reduced 2020–2021 K–12 spending plan for Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD). The SVUUSD board is expected to finalize a new budget number at its July 20 meeting. In the meantime, directors have scheduled a series of public meetings this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m., in the SVUUSD-member communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. The Orwell meeting will be held on the town green and will be led by Glen Cousineau, Peter Stone and John Wurzbacher. Slate...
FERRISBURGH — After a discussion likely to play out around other selectboard and council tables around Vermont in the weeks to come, the Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday stopped short of requiring town residents to wear masks when they cast votes in upcoming August and November elections. They did however say the town’s election materials would make it clear residents should wear masks to protect their health and the safety of the town’s paid and volunteer poll workers. “We’ll strongly recommend masks in our announcements going forward,” said Board Chairwoman Jessica James at the conclusion...
We will be voting for Rebecca Holcombe in the Democratic primary for governor.  Rebecca is best known for her role as Vermont’s Secretary of Education, where she became intimately aware of the educational needs of communities all over Vermont and where she advocated for equitable access to education and childcare for all Vermonters. Her administrative experience in Vermont government sets her apart from the other Democratic candidates for governor. She also has experience as an outdoor educator, public school teacher, and school administrator. Rebecca has committed to real affordability by...
Debbie Ingram is my choice for Lt. Governor of Vermont. During her four years in the Senate, Debbie has served on committees like Education, Health, and Welfare that deal with issues that are near and dear to my heart, including paid family leave, which Debbie supports. Debbie is committed to creating an economy that values the dignity of all people by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and initiating paid family and medical leave. Because Debbie has served in the Senate, she is familiar with the realities of getting that work done in Vermont. Debbie’s commitment to the dignity of all ...
If there is one thing that this new virus has made abundantly clear is the importance of healthcare for everybody. I listen to Gov. Scott’s weekly press conferences, and I am grateful that he is taking a thoughtful, measured, and science-based approach to managing the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont. However, looking forward, we need to plan as a state for continuing our progress towards the goal of having everybody in Vermont have good (!), affordable health insurance. I continue to believe that the best way to achieve this is with a single-payer healthcare approach. Amongst those currently...

BRIDPORT DEMOCRAT JUBILEE MCGILL is challenging incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, for the Addison-5 House seat that represents Bridport, New Haven and Weybridge. Photo courtesy of Jubilee McGill
BRIDPORT — Jubilee McGill knows what it’s like to struggle. It wasn’t that long ago that McGill, now a 36-year-old Bridport resident, was a single mom without stable housing. She was living with depression and anxiety. But thanks to perseverance and a helping hand, McGill pulled her life together. She obtained a housing subsidy through the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT), which gave her a roof and the financial flexibility to better fight her personal war on poverty. “That (subsidy) allowed me to work only part-time, so I could afford to go back to school and get a degree and improve my...

TIMOTHY BUSKEY
VERGENNES — An Addison Republican with an extensive history of public service and what he calls a moderate approach to politics has joined the race to represent the Addison-3 district in the Vermont House of Representatives. Barring other entrants into the August primaries, Timothy Buskey, 73, will challenge incumbent Vergennes Democrats Diane Lanpher and Matt Birong for the two House seats representing Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Buskey’s résumé includes lengthy terms as chairman of both the Addison and Middlebury selectboards.  He has also served on the Addison...

DAVE SILBERMAN IS running for high bailiff.
MIDDLEBURY — The office of high bailiff has drawn little attention through the years. And why should it? The high bailiff’s limited responsibilities are to serve papers the sheriff is legally incapable of serving, arresting the sheriff if necessary, and acting as sheriff if that person’s office is vacant.  More often than not, the high bailiff goes through an entire term without having to perform any of his or her statutory duties. Most of the county’s past high bailiffs have been sheriff’s deputies. Some have worn the title simply to signal a future run for sheriff. Those are not Dave...
There are many reasons why I'll be voting for Molly Gray in the Aug. 11 primary to be Vermont’s lieutenant governor. First reason? She’s incredibly experienced. She has served in the U.S. Congress, worked in a war zone, led the international human rights community, and has lived and worked across Vermont, which she loves dearly, as an assistant attorney general. Vermont could benefit greatly from this diversity of experience and commitment to service.  Second, she listens to Vermonters and cares deeply about their needs. Born to hardworking farmers and raised in Newbury, Molly has been...
Thank you, Angelo, for your recent editorial regarding the need to vote by mail in the November general election. In this time of a global pandemic, when public health is at risk, voting by mail is the safest way to conduct elections. It is baffling, therefore, why Gov. Scott has not just simply made the decision to go ahead with mail-in ballots. Some people have said that voting by mail leads to voter fraud. However, the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, which lists nearly 20 analyses and studies assessing voter fraud, reports that fraud rates remain “...

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