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Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced on Monday that he will not be a candidate for re-election when his term ends in 2022. He also stated that he will not be a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022. Toomey said one of the reasons he made the announcement more than two years in advance was to give other Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor time to organize their campaigns. In recent election cycles, U.S. senators not running for re-election have typically announced their plans to retire, or to seek another office, between 18 and 24 months before...
First, Joe Biden is a corrupt career politician (47 years) with no record of achievement, questionable behavior and finances and very possibly entering dementia. He is not mentally capable of being president of anything, much less the greatest nation in history. This is a contest between the establishment swamp — the “ruling elite” — and the rest of us. How many people reading this letter are career politicians, Capitol Hill staffers, Federal bureaucrats, lobbyists or “beltway bandits?” None, I’ll bet. Yet many will vote for Biden and the establishment he would shill for because Trump is “...
Jubilee McGill is running for the Vermont House in New Haven, Weybridge and Bridport. I will be voting for Jubilee and I urge voters in our three towns to also vote for Jubilee in November. Jubilee will bring her energy to the work of the legislature, using her own uplifting story to inform legislative efforts to create more affordable housing, policies to stem the tide of climate change and highlight the national quest for racial justice. The spirit of cooperation she helped engender in the early days of the pandemic, helping residents of Addison County weather the challenges posed by the...
I serve alongside Chris Bray in the Vermont State Senate, and it is my sincerest hope that he will be re-elected. Addison County voters would be hard pressed to find anyone to serve who will be more dedicated or more committed to finding positive outcomes for regular Vermonters. As the chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Bray has been a champion of water quality, clean energy, and protecting Vermonters from toxic chemical exposure. He’s a watchdog for all of us on these extremely important issues. Bray puts in long hours to study every angle and to consider a range of...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
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...
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...

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