Mill River candidates The winds of change are blowing in the Mill River school district. The time has come to refresh our school board by electing candidates with common sense and not ideological agendas. Over the past year the students, parents and citizens of our district have seen their o…

Supporting Ettori Rutland City has faced numerous challenges for many years in regard to growing our grand list, increasing job prospects, strengthening our downtown, retaining our youth, and attracting new residents. Many of these challenges have been made even more pressing by the COVID ep…

Ettori for Mayor Dear Rutland Community: I want to take the opportunity to endorse Chris Ettori for mayor of Rutland. Chris is a visionary, a great leader and inspires action. In 2010, Chris encouraged me to attend a meeting about starting a children’s museum in Rutland. I went to the meetin…

Tadio for school board Of all the many candidates running for office in our local elections, Anna Tadio has easily struck me as one of the most impressive. A graduate of Rutland High School who went on to get her law degree, Anna will be an intelligent, passionate advocate for students in ou…

Supporting Savage To best address the needs of Rutland City residents the Board of Aldermen should be a reflection of those residents — a balanced board is a board best equipped to understand all the challenges city residents face. This is why I find it concerning that of the seventeen candi…

Vote down Article 4 At the last two Clarendon town meetings, I spoke out against the Article 5 appropriation of $80,000 for road resurfacing which is in addition to the road resurfacing amount in the town budget. My reasoning was that the voters do not know whether $80,000 of road resurfacin…

Ettori for mayor Like many, I watched the Rutland Mayoral Forum on economic development. Among the hopefuls, one set themself apart. Alderman Chris Ettori. He was well prepared, dignified in his responses, respectful of his opposition, and purposeful in his message. He has the chops to go to…

Ettori for mayor March 2 may be the most important city election you'll ever have the opportunity to cast a vote in. Our next mayor will face the significant challenge of leading us out of the pandemic and guiding Rutland forward. We need a mayor who is well-informed and unafraid to take bol…

Supporting Franco I am writing in support of Thomas Franco’s candidacy for Rutland City Board of Alderman. Rutland has been working to attract more diverse, younger professionals. Thomas and his partner chose to purchase a home in Rutland City because they wanted to be a part of this momentu…

Supporting Mattis Please re-elect Rebecca Mattis to the Rutland City Council. She has worked hard for the city, especially as chair of the Charter & Ordinance Committee. Her success on the new sign ordinance is not as politically glitzy as things other may have worked on, but she deserve…

Supporting Allaire My first conversation with Dave came weeks after his election to the seat of mayor. From the start, I knew I was speaking to a man of integrity, whose word was sure. I knew he was a man I could ask for advice, support, and help. Dave has never let me down, his office door …

For Neary I am honored and pleased to support Devon Neary for alderman and let me tell you why. I have known Devon and his family for a long time. I worked with his dad, Peter Neary, in the State’s Attorneys Office for many years. Devon’s mom, Julie Neary, was a school board member for over …

Supporting Neary I believe this is my first letter in support of an aldermanic candidate and it is fitting that it is for Devon Neary in his first run for the board. I first got to know Devon when his father and I worked together in the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s office over a decade …

Supporting Battles I’m writing to support Rick Battles for Rutland City Alderman. When I served as Rutland City attorney, Rick was a member of the DPW Union’s leadership team. I worked with him when negotiating union contracts and resolving employee grievances. Rick was always fair, trustwor…

Supporting Hammond I strongly endorse Tim Hammond for the two-year Rutland Town School Board seat. In my past 38 years on the School Board this is my first candidate endorsement. We have more candidates running for the Rutland Town School Board than ever before. I love the interest people de…

Supporting Mattis As someone who has served the City of Rutland and who understands community service, I continue to support Rebecca Mattis in her position as an alderperson. Rebecca and I do not always agree, but I find her to be a very good listener, interested in the viewpoints of others,…

Supporting Neary I'm excited to support Devon Neary as a candidate for Rutland City Board of Aldermen. As a community member and current alderman, I've gotten to know Devon over the last couple of years, primarily through his role as a planner at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. In …

For O'Brien Rarely do we have the opportunity to elect someone to local office with the background and qualifications possessed by Dave O’Brien. I worked with Dave as REDC’s executive when I was mayor and served with him in Gov. Jim Douglas’ administration. He is one of the smartest and hard…

Backing Allaire Please support the reelection of David Allaire as Mayor of Rutland on March 2. Despite the challenges of the last two years, Mayor Allaire got the job done. He held the line for taxpayers, completed stalled projects, and addressed infrastructure needs. His leadership style is…

For Chioffi Rutland Town has had a long history of being very well lead and managed. Some of this history can be credited to Don Chioffi, who has served as selectman multiple times over the years. He is a definite part of that history. Please vote on March 2 for Don Chioffi for select board …

Supporting Seager Matthew Godnick Seager is not just a name on a yard sign or banner. Matthew G. Seager is a well-educated, local resident, who has taken his time, formulated a plan, and made the choice to become a candidate for mayor of Rutland City. For folks who may not know Matt, he is a…

Mattis for alderman To the Citizens of Rutland: Over the years, I have not generally, as city assessor, taken to endorse candidates. On my way out after 27 years I feel it is important to hand the ball off in the best possible way. Accordingly, I share my thoughts about a person who has serv…

Neary for Alderman We typically do not publicly support or oppose candidates for public office. We are making an exception in the case of Devon Neary, who is running for the Rutland Board of Aldermen. Devon is an exceptional candidate. He is naturally curious and therefore capable of genuine…

For O'Brien I strongly support David O’Brien for the Rutland City Board of Aldermen on March 2. Dave was a tireless public servant as my appointed Commissioner of Public Service, representing Vermont consumers through numerous major policy issues and utility cases. He has a deep reservoir of…

For Langlois The Rutland City Assessor's job will require someone with a lot of ambition, who has an understanding of real estate fundamentals, likes to deal with challenging tasks, and is knowledgeable of the property record system. Katie is a hard-working person, most capable of doing this…

Supporting Langlois I encourage Rutland voters to support Katie Langlois for city assessor. Katie has the qualifications for this important job, and serving for years in the City Treasurer’s Office has provided her the knowledge and experience needed for this job. The city assessor must be c…

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For Zuckerman I first met Bernie Sanders in Rutland in 1988 when he was campaigning for the Rainbow Coalition. After a 15- or 20-minute conversation it became evident to me that he shared my political and philosophical beliefs very closely. And I liked him very much as a person. I have suppo…

Supporting Soulia, Williams Why is Vermont’s rental housing so expensive in relation to income? Why are neighboring states’ economies much better than Vermont’s? Why are Vermont’s taxes near the highest in the country? Why does Vermont rank as the least friendly business state? Why is Vermon…

For Branagan Carolyn Branagan offers a positive option for voters over incumbent Beth Pearce for state treasurer. The state's two significant pension systems - one for teachers and the other for state employees - are grossly underfunded. In 2012 both of these systems were underfunded by abou…

Backing Williams Mr. Williams states, “We need to fix Vermont from the local level up to the state legislature. More accountability on spending, reduce property taxes and put in place a balanced budget amendment. No more holding legislators hostage at the end of session because of budget vot…

Supporting Burditt Most representatives in Montpelier are retirees and practicing lawyers. Tom is part of an under-represented demographic in Montpelier, “blue collar.” Owning and working his own lawn maintenance company gives him a business and personal perspective Montpelier needs. Help re…

Why I am running I’m Peter R. Becker from Rutland and I'm running for representative to the U.S. Congress as an Independent because I don’t like the way things are going. If it wasn’t for partisan politics, we would all have an additional $1,200 stimulus check in our hands. This and other cr…

For Greg Cox I recently drank my last glass of Thomas Dairy milk. It was sad to hear this local business with a long history in Rutland Town was closing. In addition, the pandemic and outbreaks of COVID-19 at faraway food processing plants in the Midwest have highlighted the critical importa…

Vote for Pulling We are voting for Barbara Noyes Pulling for Rutland Town representative and we urge you to do so as well. Barbara was born in our town, attended Rutland Town School, and graduated UVM. Her home is next door to the former family farm on the East Pittsford Road. Her roots are …

For Terenzini Rutland Town candidate for the Vermont House, Barbara Noyes Pulling, stated in an email to me, with regard to firearms regulation, that she opposes the existence of large capacity magazines writing in Vermont, writing, "This moderate approach fits Rutland Town residents best.."…

Re-elect Terenzini I am sure most of you know Tom and the solid work he has been doing for the Town these last eight years. Tom has made strong, decisions regarding many of the bills recently presented in Montpelier: Voted against the pay increase for legislators (H.961) Voted to prohibit ba…

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For Peterson Art Peterson is pro Second Amendment, a veteran. He will limit state government size and spending. He rejects the carbon tax and climate mandates. And he will protect the sanctity of life. We will be voting for Art because of leadership, honesty and the ability to listen. Good l…

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For Shank To be fair, one can’t really write a letter about the upcoming election without referencing the current COVID crisis. That said, this global pandemic has done more than jeopardize our personal health and well-being. COVID has also done an efficient job of shining the spotlight on s…

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For Scott Milne Milne’s business experience will be an asset to Vermont in working with Governor Scott to revive our economy as we get through this pandemic. He is a candidate that listens and is genuinely interested in what you have to say. I am proud to support Scott Milne for lieutenant g…

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Supporting Thomas Terenzini Rutland Town Rep. Thomas Terenzini deserves another term in Montpelier. In fact, I believe that all residents of Rutland Town owe Tom a big "thank you" for constantly voting against bills that would raise our taxes and take our freedoms away. For the past eight ye…

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Supporting Chesnut-Tangerman I am running for re-election to the Vermont Statehouse for the Rutland Bennington district. My challenger and I have one thing in common: we are both running on my record. Over six years in the Statehouse I have authored dozens of bills and sponsored hundreds. So…

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Pulling for Rutland Town I don't usually get vocal about elections, but this year I believe it's important to say something. Over the past few years, I've been disappointed in our representative in Montpelier, mostly due to his voting record, his lack of seeking public input, and his persona…

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No to Milne I voted for Nixon (big mistake). I voted for Carter (big mistake). I voted for Reagan (much bigger mistake). Locally, the most important race this year in Vermont is for lieutenant governor. Scott Milne, who has in the past called Sen. Susan Collins his ideological lodestar and s…

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Supporting Cox I wholeheartedly support Greg Cox for Rutland County State Senate, and hope that together we can send him to Montpelier as an effective voice for Rutland County. I first met Greg Cox during my time as a Rutland City Alderman over 25 years ago. Greg Cox, who owns Boardman Hill …

For Noyes Pulling I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly support Barbara Noyes Pulling for Rutland Town representative to the Vermont Legislature. I have seen letters from my fellow townspeople extolling the “record and experience” of the incumbent. I ask: What record? What experience? Occupy…

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Zuckerman for governor Having spent almost four decades in Vermont politics, it’s hard not to be intrigued and amused when it comes to election season. I walked into the Vermont State House when Dick Snelling was governor. I’ve seen politicians come and go. I can honestly say that those who …

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Backing Terenzini I recently received a very impressive mailer from Rep. Terenzini's opponent. A lot of promises. The commonality of the opposition party is to not respond to messages. Many messages to Sen. Hooker have gone unanswered; not one response in two years. Is that positive represen…

Supporting Terenzini Why change a good thing? Tom Terenzini has represented Rutland Town faithfully for eight years. Tom’s connections at the state level have helped countless town residents and taxpayers. We cannot afford to lose Tom Terenzini as our state rep. Stick with a winner and don’t…

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Supporting local candidates With early voting options to begin soon, it is absolutely essential that the voters exercise as much research as possible on the incumbents and new candidates applying for these elected positions. First, in Rutland Town incumbent Thomas Terenzini has served the to…

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Vote for Richards Vote for Bob Richards in Rutland-3 Fair Haven, West Haven, Castleton and Hubbardton residents please vote for Bob Richards on Nov. 3. We need to change who represents us in Montpelier. Bob Richards grew up in Fair Haven, raised his family there, and is now blessed with watc…

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