I’m running in the Democratic Primary for Vermont State Senate in Chittenden County because Montpelier needs to start doing things differently. We now face a challenge not encountered since our great grandparents’ time -- a global pandemic -- and when we start recovering from this crisis, we need new thinking in Montpelier to build a Vermont economy for the 21st century focused on opportunity, affordability and sustainability. As we start to recover from this crisis, we need our elected leaders prioritizing the twin needs of our economy and environmental action while staying true to Vermont values.
Background & Experience
- 3 Term South Burlington City Councilor
- University of Vermont (UVM) Faculty Senate President
- Chair & Vice Chair of Green Mountain Transit (a.k.a. CCTA) 2016-2020
- 2019 Grossman School of Business Faculty Member of the Year
- 2017 UVM Presidents Distinguished Lecturer Award Recipient
- South Burlington Rotarian
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UVM
- Grew up in South Burlington (SBHS Grad Class of ’95)
- Former Williston Volunteer Firefighter
- Husband, father of three, pet-owner of many
Our children and grandchildren face a double whammy; an environmental catastrophe in global climate change and the economic ramifications of Covid-19. In fact, according to Tom Kavet, Vermont’s State Economist, $430 million dollars in state revenue could evaporate next year. We need those revenues for our health system, our children’s education, our public safety and physical infrastructure.
We have a lot on our plate and as we’ve shown countless times in our history, we’ll have to rely on our own ingenuity and stick-to-it-tiveness. We’re in this together.
With your support, I will bring my experience in public policy and business to Montpelier. We can and should fight for good jobs AND our environment. We should set our sights on a future in which everyone participates and contributes in a clean and healthy environment. Our state and our industries stand out as global leaders in tourism, environmentally conscious goods, advanced manufacturing and fun stuff, from beer to snowboards. We have proven success in doing things right and with the right priorities in Montpelier, these successes will thrive in the decades to come.
Vermont faces challenges, like any state, but I see our strengths - I see our opportunity to improve and I am energized by the challenge. We can fix our economy by achieving economies of scale with regionalized approaches for better outcomes, streamlining our regulations to attract more private investment to upgrade our states infrastructure hardware, generate new revenue using modern technologies and grow our economic tax base with the right strategic priorities.
I am proud of my roots in Vermont and I’m committed to growing our economy sustainably so our current and future generations have more opportunity to stay, live, work and thrive here. I know how to do it and if you send me to Montpelier, I will.