To the Editor:
I usually don't write letters of endorsement for candidates running for office. However, I feel I need to show some support for a candidate that has showed support for me and my family business over and over. It's a pretty rare thing to have an elected official reach out to you unless they are looking for a vote. Jim Carroll has done this on three separate occasions with me.
The first time is when he first got elected to the Bennington Selectboard. He wanted to know how my family inn was doing since the completion of the Bennington Bypass. He wanted to know my thoughts and any ideas on how we can make it less of an impact. The second time I got a call from Jim was after the cancellation of the Bennington Car Show. Again ,wanting to know the impact it would have on my family business. The third time was right after the pandemic hit. He called and wanted know how bad it was on my Inn and that he would do all he could to make sure Bennington is notified of all economic relief efforts for business and individuals. Since then I have had many texts from Jim alerting me of grants and relief efforts coming soon. His texts were valuable in getting relief.
I think Jim has a good vision of what Bennington is and can be. I remember him talking about turning the old Hogan Chevrolet lot where Dollar General is now into a public green space, and I couldn't have agreed more. To bookend downtown Main Street with Dollar General and Stewart's is not aesthetically pleasing or a good vision for what we want our downtown to be.
Jim has shown me over the years that he isn't serving for his own ambition but rather for the ambition of the town and the people that call it home. I'm also impressed that Jim doesn't fall in with the tribalism and cronyism that plagues this town. He wasn't anointed and sought after to run by those in power like others we have seen over the years. Nobody had to ask Jim to serve and you can tell it's his honor to help. I hope we send him back to Montpelier because he brings Bennington with him.