I believe Northwestern Vermont is a great place to live and raise a family. Having been born and raised over the mountain from Montgomery in the Town of Lowell my first paying job was selling Christmas trees door to door in St. Albans City in the 1950’s. I was always fascinated by the beautiful store fronts and railroad activities. It is great to see the revitalization and I want to contribute the continued development as your Senator.
Having worked on my parents’ home farm and my grandparents’ farm I understand the importance of agriculture to our citizens, visitors and economy. Making cheese at Kraft Foods and processing milk at United Farmers’ in Troy, VT paid for my college education and taught me the importance of working to reach your goals. I promise to apply those lessons of hard work in serving you, if you choose to re-elect me to the Vermont Senate.
I believe the number one issue in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, the State of Vermont and the United States of America is jobs that offer a livable wage and reasonable benefits.
We need to use our Yankee ingenuity and common sense when it comes to creating jobs that provide products and services of a high quality and support the efforts of Vermonters doing the same in other parts of our state. As a small business owner I have reinforced my belief that a cleaner Lake Champlain and area waterways is critical to the future economy
of Northwestern Vermont. Certainly agriculture, high quality manufacturing and business services and tourism related offerings are also critical to our future. Through partnerships and working together the residents of Northwestern Vermont can be leaders in job creation and healthy, robust communities.
Friends and colleagues have often described me as “tight with his money” and I believe I am also careful with other peoples’ money. Whether constructing a building or creating a school budget, I want the highest quality for the money spent. I am willing to spend funds in the short term that I believe have long term benefits and our waterways, farms and other businesses, as well as education and healthcare services must be a priority.
There are many other ideas and issues that will be discussed as we approach the sixth day of November, but for now in the words of a former professor at Johnson State College, “If you can’t say it in one page, you probably should not be sharing your knowledge or lack thereof!”