Letter to the editor: Former governor supports Keefe


I hope you'll support Brian Keefe for the Vermont House representing Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and (much of) Sunderland.

Brian is a proven and effective leader who knows how to get things done, especially when dealing with the state and federal governments.

Brian was the lead staffer for my friend, the late Sen. Jim Jeffords, when Jim wrote the 1990 law establishing the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Federal agencies were directed to coordinate with Vermont, New York and Quebec, with a citizen panel to guide work that continues today.

That same year, with Brian's help, Jim negotiated passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments, which curtailed acid rain, set strict automobile emission standards and imposed new safety measures on chemical plants. Vermont was the first state to adopt the tougher emission standards when they were revised in 2005.

Once he and Leslie moved back to Vermont, Brian worked hand-in- glove with my administration to be sure that Vermont always received its share of highway, infrastructure and other Federal "formula" funds. These monies supported affordable housing in Arlington and expanded sidewalks in Manchester, among other essential projects.

At Jim's direction, Brian ensured that the Forest Service had funds to accelerate research and grant efforts with the Batten Kill Watershed Association. Following Jim's priorities, he identified funding to create the "Jeffords Small Wind and Solar Grant Program," with emphasis on renewable energy at Vermont schools.

After Jim retired, as vice president of government affairs at CVPS, Brian traveled with me to Quebec City in 2010 to finalize the power agreement with Hydro-Quebec, which today is Vermont's most important electricity supply contract.

This is Brian's first run for elective office, but a lifetime of experience has prepared him for the job. He would serve you well in Montpelier.

— Jim Douglas, Vermont governor 2003-11 Middlebury



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