Saturday November 3, 2012

Pearce is an experienced and hard-working public servant

This year, Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce is seeking a term in her own right, having been appointed treasurer by the governor after then-Treasurer Jeb Spaulding was appointed Secretary of Administration.

Now nearly two years later, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Institutions, I have worked many hours with Beth and have come to know her as a highly informed and competent administrator managing an office which performs very important duties for all Vermonters. These include advising the Legislature and the administration as to the most prudent ways with which to manage the state's financial resources, determining when are the best times to go to the market to borrow funds in support of state operations, among many others.

Among the treasurer's many duties is to advise and work with the Committees on Institutions in the implementation of the state capital construction and state bonding legislation, a two-year bill usually referred to as the Capital bill, which finances the state's capital construction needs as determined by the Legislature.

Beth has held significant responsible positions involving the management of public finance in four states serving as Deputy Treasurer of Massachusetts before her service as Deputy State Treasurer in Vermont. I have worked extensively with Beth and urge voters to support her candidacy; Beth has worked tirelessly to assure Vermont's credit-worthiness now the best in New England; in fact, with Beth's able assistance, Vermont is now on track to become one of only eight states with Triple A bond ratings from all three rating agencies.

Beth is a collaborative and hard working public servant who will continue to promote the best interests of all Vermonters.

Given that the state treasurer spends considerable time providing vital information and testimony to my committee and given her highly professional performance in this regard, I ask the voters to support the candidacy of Beth Pearce.

SEN. BOB HARTWELL

State Senator

Bennington District

Pearce has earned my vote

We need a state treasurer whose professionalism and integrity we can trust. We need a treasurer who takes the time to do the analysis and look down the road for the long-term impact and sustainability of decisions.

Mostly we need a treasurer who listens with an open mind and is able to work collaboratively to find solutions that are financially sound and benefit Vermonters.

As Vermont implements health care reform and faces many other financial challenges, we need these skills more than ever. Beth Pearce has proven repeatedly that she has these skills. Just one example is her role in working collaboratively with the Vermont Teachers Association to find a way to preserve the retirement benefits of Vermont's teachers and their spouses, while at the same time saving the state an estimated $20, million a year.

Vote Beth Pearce Vermont Treasurer

ROSE-MARIE PELLETIER

Pownal

Wilton will tell us the truth

I am supporting Wendy Wilton for state treasurer. I read Senator Dick Sears' endorsement of Wendy's opponent, Beth Pearce, and I disagree. We do not need every important office filled by members of the same party.

Wendy Wilton has a very impressive record as the treasurer of the City of Rutland. She is a realist. She knows the state can only ask so much of the taxpayer. I believe she will ensure that our money is well spent. Most importantly, she will be an important check and balance on the governor.

In an interview I did with her, she impressed me very much. I have faith in this individual to do the correct job for Vermonters. The interview will be played again on CAT-TV.

Go onto the website and make up your own mind. I support Ms. Wilton, and any candidate who will tell the public the truth.

MIKE BETHEL

Bennington