Friday November 2, 2012

Keep ideology out of the treasurer's office: Vote for Pearce

I have served in the Vermont Senate for several years. In this time I have experienced many personalities, some professional, others partisan. At the end of the day, Vermonters expect professionalism from their elected officials. That is why I am endorsing Beth Pearce for state treasurer.

Since becoming treasurer in 2011, Beth has assembled an impressive record.

She understands the nuances of finance and is willing to work collaboratively to save taxpayer dollars. This no-nonsense approach has strengthened Vermont's bottom line.

We need a proven leader at the helm of the office of treasurer. There is too much at stake to accept the alternative.

Vermont is on the cusp of several important reforms, not the least of which health care reform. The Legislature has deemed health care a public good.

Beth Pearce is the only candidate for treasurer equipped with the expertise to ensure health care reform is a lasting success.

Beth's opponent, Wendy Wilton, states that she will oppose health care reform at all costs. We cannot afford an ideological stand off or partisan gridlock. Vermonters want reforms to benefit their bottom line.

As state treasurer, Beth Pearce will do the analysis up front to make sure health care reform is done right, to benefit the taxpayer.

On Nov. 6, vote for the candidate of trusted professionalism. Vote Beth Pearce for treasurer.

SENATOR DICK SEARS

North Bennington Support a veteran, Randy Brock

Randy Brock is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during a very challenging time in our country. As a decorated veteran of the War in Iraq and a retired member of the Vermont Army National Guard, I can fully support a candidate with the personal character that reflects established qualities of leadership, initiative, integrity, and selfless service.

If Randy is elected our next governor, he will be the first Vermont governor since Dick Snelling to have served in the military. Considering the importance of being Commander-in-Chief of our Vermont National Guard, I think that it is important for us to consider putting in a veteran to that post.

We have asked a lot of our National Guard and their families, especially over the last 11 years. From serving the call of our nation by fighting terrorism overseas to assisting in flood relief efforts at home, our National Guard is always there for Vermonters

It's important to me that the governor of Vermont has walked in their same boot prints of service and possesses the proven credentials to be an effective and successful leader of our Guardsman and our great state. I am asking that you please consider voting for Randy Brock on Nov. 6.

SFC WILLIAM EDSON

U.S. Army

Vermont National Guard (Ret.)

Middlebury