Letter to the editor: Commit to Vermont Promise

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Commit to Vermont Promise

In solidarity with the Occupy movement and the Sanders revolution, the time is now for all political candidates to commit to the Vermont Promise of a good life for each of our citizens: Economic justice, based on a livable wage and fair taxes; publicly financed health care for all; financial security for our senior residents; community centered education with local determination, small school protection and choice; a living environment providing a great place to live, work and own a business; racial, gender and sexual identity equality; publicly financed pre-K through higher education; employment security and worker protections; economic development with incentives to create high paying jobs; full capacity road, bridge and telecommunications infrastructure; campaign finance reform; and, compassionate taking care of our own who are in need of support.

As a progressive Democrat who has championed these principles over the years, and particularly during my eight years in the Vermont House, I am running to retake the Windham-Bennington district, representing the towns of Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham.

I realize the Vermont Promise is ambitious, but it is also an endeavor whose time has arrived. With progressive legislators like myself dedicated to our future, in 2017-18 we will experience the most productive legislative biennium in our history.

To continue our journey toward economic, social, education, racial, gender, and environmental justice in Vermont, I ask for your support in the primary on August 9 and the general election on November 8.

— John Moran Wardsboro


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