Letter: Sens. Sears, Campion deserve re-election
To the Editor:
Bennington County and Wilmington are most fortunate to have two senators, Dick Sears and Brian Campion, who work as a well-recognized and respected team in the Vermont State Senate. That respect does not come without hard work on our behalf. They care about what they do in Montpelier and how it affects us.
Voters: Ask yourself what characteristics do you wish your legislator to have. Compromise and consensus builders are skill sets that I look for, in addition to leadership, being good communicators, honesty, and represent our area well in the Senate. Campion and Sears have demonstrated the art of compromise and know how to draw folks together to bring consensus on an issue. Being a senator takes time, not only meeting your committee and floor obligations, but truly represent your part of the state.
Their leadership in the committees of Judiciary, Natural Resources and Energy, Finance and Appropriations are well-earned assignments and thankfully offer stewardship and a strong voice for Bennington County and Wilmington. We need to keep the voices of Sears and Campion in the Senate this coming election.
Knowing from my 10 years of experience in Montpelier, it takes time to adapt to the process of the legislature. Campion and Sears are good listeners, know who to go to to partner on specific legislation-those who have a similar mindset to assist with legislation which will benefit the southern part of the state. During the off-season, Campion and Sears have clearly demonstrated their commitment to meet with constituents to determine which issues are important when specifically deciding on the budget. Their attention to details brought an immediate response on PFOA; their input increased the number of tax increment finance districts which can help with the renovation of the Putnam Hotel in downtown Bennington; kept funding alive for agencies of Bennington County and Wilmington; created legislation to test all schools in the state for lead in water and saw that remediation was required; initiated and influenced new judiciary outcomes with the Judicial Reinvestment bill which reformed our criminal justice system and reinvested the savings from lower incarceration rates with local programs designed to reduce recidivism. And, let's not forget the creation of the Red Flag Law legislation. This is only a small part of their work...for which we should be very proud.
When you cast your vote, you have the privilege to vote for two senators. I am asking that you join me in marking your ballot for Dick Sears and Brian Campion as our next state senators. Thank you.
The writer is a former state representative from the Bennington 2-2 district.
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