Letter to the editor: Commit to Vermont Promise

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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