elections


PETER CONLON
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. In Addison-2 (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton, Salisbury) incumbent Rep. Peter Conlon is running unopposed. His answers to the questions follow:   ******* PETER CONLON 1. Economy: In the competition to attract business with financial incentives...
10/01/2020
The residents of Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury are so very lucky to have Stephanie Jerome as our Representative in Montpelier. Stephanie’s hard-working ethic, integrity and genuine desire to help people makes her the perfect legislator. It is well known that Stephanie has the education, intelligence and experience to do the job. But what Stephanie also has is the compassion, the resourcefulness, and the drive to kick it up a notch. It is her caring nature that makes Stephanie stand out in the field. Whenever I have contacted her with a question or concern about myself or a family member —...
10/01/2020
I voted for Nixon (big mistake). I voted for Carter (big mistake). I voted for Reagan (much bigger mistake).  Locally, the most important race this year in Vermont is for lieutenant governor. Scott Milne, who has in the past called Sen. Susan Collins his ideological lodestar and said that he was “writing in” Jim Douglas for President, is just not the right person. He has lost three elections and in my opinion, his campaign skills and leadership qualities are very much in question. He has name recognition in the travel industry, but that’s it.  If I voted for Milne, that would be my biggest...
10/01/2020
I am announcing as a write-in candidate for the Addison-2 District House seat. This includes the towns of Ripton, Cornwall, Salisbury, Leicester, Goshen and Hancock. If you are a registered voter in any of these towns, please write me in on the ballot for Addison-2 District representative in the Vermont House. The principal reason I am doing this is to give the people in the towns of Ripton, Cornwall and Salisbury and the three other towns an additional voice in protesting the bad legislation that is Act 46 and the roll-out of that law in the Addison Central Supervisory District. The ACSD...
10/01/2020
I am writing today in support of Jubilee McGill’s run for state representative for Addison-5, which includes the towns of Bridport, Weybridge, and New Haven. I have known Jubilee for years, and was thrilled when I heard that she had decided to run for office. Jubilee is exactly the kind of person we need representing us — she is thoughtful, caring, hard-working and passionate about her pursuits.  She lives and breathes service, having worked for years in programs that aid the disadvantaged, first with the Addison County Community Trust, and more recently with the John Graham shelter. She is...
10/01/2020
My husband Steve and I moved to Vergennes in Winter of 2006 and recently sold our house last year, moving us closer to our restaurant in Middlebury. I first met Matt Birong when he bought the cafe in town. I remember that he immediately reached out to the community, asking for suggestions in naming his new restaurant. At the time I thought it was risky, but now I see that it was a successful attempt at letting the Little City know that this was their place — not just his.  This inclusive philosophy continued to grow over time. Matt accomplished this first doing the most important job in my...

MATT BIRONG
09/24/2020
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. Over the next few weeks, as part of its election coverage, the Independent will publish 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...
09/24/2020
MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos distilled his election guidance to three words Monday. “Seal, sign, and send!” he said in a statement announcing the start of the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election. All Vermonters can expect to receive a ballot before Oct. 7. If you don’t, Condos advises “the voter should contact their Town or City Clerk to ensure they receive a ballot.” All voters had the option of mailing in their ballot during the primary early voting period, but in the general election every eligible voter should automatically receive a ballot. “When Vermonters...
09/24/2020
Voters from Addison-5 (Bridport, New Haven, Weybridge) would do well to support Jubilee McGill as our new Representative to the Vermont House. I got to know Jubilee when I began working closely with her to build the grassroots organization she brought to life as a rapid-response answer to the early days of the COVID-19 crisis: Addison County Mutual Aid. She quickly gathered volunteers, created systems and brought voice to the needs of Addison County residents. I observed her to be principled, efficient, compassionate and able to relate and collaborate with people across the socioeconomic...
09/24/2020
It is an exciting election cycle this year in Vermont. Not only is it easier to cast your vote, but also, while in previous most years candidates have run for legislature uncontested, this election cycle we have Republicans running against Democrat/Progressive incumbents statewide. We now have options for people seeking representation that limits government, protects our freedoms, supports the autonomy of businesses and families, upholds virtuous values, and opposes increasing taxes. There are 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives and 30 seats in the Senate. Statewide, there are...

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