I am excited to announce that I have officially entered the race for Bennington County Senator. So far the support from friends and neighbors has been outstanding. Collecting almost 200 signatures in just over a week gave me the opportunity to gather ideas and concerns from many voters. As a 34-year veteran educator I know the importance of listening. This is a skill that often goes unnoticed, but will serve me well as I introduce myself to the citizens of the county.
Those who know me best would attest to the passion I bring to anything I set out to accomplish. When I started my career as a history teacher I brought to the classroom my love for history and the responsibility everyone has to maintain our democratic system of government. For 22 years I enjoyed working with students, colleagues and parents. Over the course of those years I received two awards for outstanding teaching. As the school principal of Mount Anthony Union Middle School I expanded my enthusiasm for a quality education while addressing the need to streamline administration. By working closely with my staff and colleagues I was able to preserve educational success while cutting over half a million dollars from the school budget. The community demonstrated appreciation for my efforts by passing every annual budget submitted while I was at the helm.
Two years ago I retired from the school where I began my career in 1978. However, my passion for success continues to this day.
Today I take on the most important challenge of my life. Vermont needs new leadership, new ideas and a true commitment to address skyrocketing taxes. I am certainly up to the task and will bring my expertise, experience and most importantly my passion to the halls of the Vermont State Senate.
Warren Roaf is a candidate for Bennington County State Senator.