To the Editor:
Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, showed the true spirit of bipartisanship when he endorsed 14-year Rep. Cynthia Browning, a lifelong Democrat, for re-election to serve Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland.
Gov. Scott's endorsement read like this: "Representative Cynthia Browning has served the people of Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, and much of Sunderland well in the House of Representatives. Even though Rep. Browning is a Democrat who is running as an Independent this cycle, she always votes for what she thinks is right, regardless of partisan pressure. She works across the aisle, and as an economist, she has the right experience to help our state recover from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though Rep. Browning and I don't agree on every issue, I respect her dedication and commitment to public service. I'm happy to support her campaign and I hope you do too."
I support Cynthia's campaign too. She's an economist with a PhD which makes her the perfect legislator during these uncertain times when COVID-19 has decimated Vermont's economy. She's a numbers and percentages expert who knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to critical bills that effect the financial well-being of every Vermonter. Of the two legislators to serve Bennington-4 during the last two years, only Cynthia voted against increasing the education property tax. In other words, those property owners in Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland are paying higher education property taxes this year, but not because of Cynthia. She did everything she could to sound the alarm bells. Nobody understood the complexity of the situation or perhaps party force made them pretend not to listen.
Certain people were born to legislate, were born to dedicate and commit their lives to public service. Rep. Cynthia Browning is one of them. Since 2006, she has served Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, and Sunderland with honor. She's a policy wonk to the core and likely the smartest person in the Vermont Statehouse. Why would the folks of Bennington-4 not want to send her back to Montpelier?
Voters in Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland have three candidates to fill two seats. I ask them to give Rep. Cynthia Browning one of those votes because she's the best and brightest in Montpelier and they're lucky to have her fighting for their best interests. In other words, I echo Gov. Scott's endorsement of Cynthia.