elections

10/08/2020
In this last week’s debate, I heard Gov. Scott brag about increasing “affordability” by reducing taxes by $70 million. Sounds great, but what does it really mean, who benefits? The veto cut $50 million that was earmarked to pay down the state employee pension funds deficit. So he avoided helping that problem, kicked it down the road for future taxpayers. He did veto the budgets and force modification of the property taxes. It is hard to follow all the tracks, but here is what I’ve found. After the veto, the state’s contribution to property taxes was changed by many hands/issues, presumably...
10/08/2020
I want to express my deep faith in Ron Holmes as candidate for High Bailiff. You may not see his name on too many T-shirts, bumper stickers, or pens around Addison County, but you will see his name everywhere it matters. You will see his name associated with the Porter Hospital Auxiliary, and the National Sheriff’s Association, as he is a member. You will see his name in the N.E. Police Chief Association and WomenSafe, as he is a proud supporter. Ron was born and raised in Addison County, he understands the people and the community. He is not about the hoopla associated with all the gadgets...
10/08/2020
I urge all Vermonters to vote for David Zuckerman for Governor. He is by far the best candidate and will fight for economic, environmental and racial justice for all of us. We need someone to support policies that address our environmental crisis, create a green economy, support paid family leave, and other issues for the wellbeing of us all. Phil Scott is a nice guy, and his administration has handled the pandemic here in Vermont well. But you can’t base success as a governor on that one issue alone. For the last four years he has continuously stonewalled efforts to raise the minimum wage,...
10/08/2020
Two years ago I urged people to vote for Stephanie Jerome because of her stance on Education. Today I urge people once again to vote for Stephanie Jerome not because of what she might do for us but because of what she has already done.  I’m constantly impressed by Representative Jerome. I’ve reached out to her about various concerns from radon testing in our schools to protecting Vermonters from surprise automatic renewals for apps and services, and each time she has come back to me with information about what the legislature is doing or what she has done to advance the issue in committee....
10/08/2020
I have been a resident of Bridport for 14 years. Early on, I was fortunate to meet Ron Holmes and learn of his involvement with many civic groups and residents as well in Middlebury, Shoreham, and the rest of Addison County, in his capacity as Deputy Sheriff. I met him when both our moms were at Helen Porter Nursing Home. He has great concern for the senior citizens, the very elderly, and the infirmed. His reputation for taking care of small problems so they don’t escalate into large ones is the hallmark of his character. Ron is the average guy next door, which is why you know he is...
10/08/2020
As a lifetime resident of New Haven, and a lifetime independent voter, I’m encouraging all voters that Harvey Smith represents to vote for him. Harvey has always stepped up to help whenever he’s been asked. Most recently, as chair of the New Haven selectboard and a member of the negotiating team for the Town on the Velco Control Center, Harvey was asked to help us with input on Prime Ag soils in regards to project that is coming to New Haven. Harvey was glad to help out and extremely important in his area of expertise. As a member of the Ag Committee and a farmer he understands the importance...
10/02/2020
All of Vermont’s mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election have been shipped, according to the Secretary of State’s office. It’s the first time all registered active voters in the state have been automatically mailed a ballot, a precaution aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 at polling places. Vermonters can still vote in person on Nov. 3. But starting now, voters can also return completed ballots by mail, or drop them off with their town clerk. The Secretary of State’s office recommends mailing ballots back by Oct. 24, or returning them to town clerks before Election Day. Completed...

LYNN DIKE
10/01/2020
BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Lynn Dike has once again jumped into the political arena during a presidential election year. In 2016, she ran for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. She failed to make the cut, but is hoping to write a different ending as a candidate for one of two Vermont House seats representing Addison-4, the district that includes Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. “I want (voters) to have a choice,” Dike said during a recent phone interview. “Right now, conservatives have no voice in Montpelier.” She’s referring...

MARI CORDES
10/01/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — All of Addison County’s incumbent state senators and representatives will run for re-election Nov. 3, and many challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition for the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore, as well as in five of the county’s six House districts. As part of our election coverage, the Independent is publishing a series of legislative candidate Q&As, grouped by contest. We asked each candidate the same six questions and offered them space for additional comment. For a list of the questions, see the Q...

ROBIN SCHEU
10/01/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent state senators and representatives in Addison County will run for re-election Nov. 3, and challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition in five of the county’s six House districts. The Independent is publishing a series of legislative candidate Q&As, grouped by contest. We asked each candidate the same six questions and offered them space for additional comment.  In Addison-1, which represents the town of Middlebury, three candidates are running for two seats: incumbent Robin Scheu (D), Amy Sheldon (D) and Tom Hughes (R). After considering,...

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