I’d like to respond to Lori Houghton’s letter. She is right: “Unfortunately, Vermont is not immune to the tactics that are often employed at the national level -- lies and omissions.”

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Flyers regarding the merger vote are being placed on doorknobs throughout the Village. We know the flyer is supported by the Village resident whose address is on the flyer and a woman from the Town outside the Village who is placing these flyers around the Village. Unfortunately, Vermont is …

I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul. He is also a generous community member, providing free weekly meals to those experienci…

Marybeth is a first-term State Representative from Essex District 8-1. During that time, I have gotten to know her fairly well. I supported her in 2018 and have never regretted it. As an example, Marybeth is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the legislature. I’m involved in two cli…

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It is said that behavior speaks directly to our intentions. We are what we do more than what we say. Considering this it appears that the National Republican party is at war with itself and grossly out of step with core foundational American values. Consider the following:

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The Essex Republicans want to express our doubts about Rep. Redmond's assertions of support. Her late objections to this claim seem like too-little-too-late. For one thing, a VERY LONG Legislative session has just ended without any serious action on this charter change.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Vermont provided affordable housing for the returning GI's after WW2. Indian Acres and Hiawatha area in Essex Jct. were small inexpensive homes, 3 bedroom ranches, expansion attics, on small lots. Then north Burlington, much the same. Milton has hundreds of small affordable homes. Then the e…

The recent incidents of police brutality inflicted upon American citizens, and documented with alarming regularity in the media, are of such an appalling nature that simple logic and human decency demands our moral outrage.

Recently I've been hearing our state legislators in a quandary over lost revenue due to the coronavirus. My guess is they'll coerce you into thinking that all the social programs and education needs will be drastically slashed if we don't pass marijuana and prostitution legalization in bills…

I was dismayed by listening to the BLM ceremony at the high school via the Essex reporters link that was provided. It falls way short in a practical sense while being excessive on social justice signaling. It's easy for one of the whitest states in the union to salute a BLM flag and listen t…

My son and I just returned from driving around the district to collect all of my campaign signs! It was also an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods that comprise Chittenden 8-1 and quietly appreciate my Essex constituents for their strong, enthusiastic support in the Primary Election yest…

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It is a tremendous honor to win one of the two Democratic Primary House of Representative spots on the ballot for Chittenden 8-2 (Essex Junction). Our Village is an extraordinary place and I look forward to the possibility of serving our community in such a meaningful way. As we move forward…

I'm writing to enthusiastically and whole-heartedly express my endorsement of Brian Shelden for Vermont State Representative here in Essex. Brian has the intellect, commitment, and work ethic to lead Essex in these most challenging times.

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When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. As a six-member district, with senators elected at large, the race can easily come down to who has name recognition in Burlington, the biggest city in the district an…

I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State.

This political season has cheers, fears, and anxiety in spades but at the local level, things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running for reelection to represent us in the Vermont House, Lori Houghton.

Recent periodicals have highlighted the unfairness to Chittenden County voters of having primaries with a dozen or more candidates. It turns the race into a name recognition contest rather one on the merits. That is why Senator Sirotkin introduced a constitutional amendment and successful le…

When my friend Patrick Murray asked me if I would be the Treasurer for his political campaign I was honored, but also nervous. I have never been the Treasurer for anything like that. I was not even sure where to begin. But he pointed me in the direction I needed to go to find the answers I n…

I support Marybeth Redmond for reelection because she has been a fair and responsible voice as our representative in the Legislature. She is willing to work across the aisle to get things done and she extremely ethical. I have full confidence that she will accurately represent her district i…

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We hear you saying our responses to racial justice are inadequate. We hear you telling us that we need to improve what we do. We know we have a lot of work to do. We need to listen to you now, and in the long-term.

As Lake Champlain is home to countless fish, it is important to realize that they are deserving of humane consideration. Over the past decade, a large body of scientific evidence has proven that fish feel pain, and research suggests that fish even experience emotions. A study that highlights…

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Brenda Siegel for Lieutenant Governor in our upcoming primary. As fellow activists Brenda and I have worked side by side on the economic justice issues of livable wages and paid family and medical leave for working Vermonters, on universal …

I'm glad to see a cautious approach while Vermont reopens schools. Many have in Europe without disabling consequence. We need to put our fears in context. Our fears are real and I don't dismiss them out of hand. But every year we are forced to inoculate our school children because of the gre…

The anonymous, hateful, inaccurate door hangers distributed in Essex legislative district 8-1, comprised of most of the town outside the village, reflect solely on the character of those responsible.

I first met Lori Houghton in 2011, when we both were active volunteers in the community. We were part of the Heart & Soul of Essex project. Lori and I were part of a core team that worked hard to engage over 1,000 diverse residents from throughout the town to listen and learn together ab…

I’m writing in strong support of Tim Ashe’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. Tim has dedicated his career to public service, at both the local and the state levels. He served on the Burlington City Council. For the past 12 years, he has served in the Vermont Senate, with the last 4 years a…

I am writing this letter to whole heartedly endorse Tanya Vyhovsky to be our state representative. With both Essex Mutual Aid and Rights &Democracy Vermont, I have had ample opportunity to see Tanya in action advocating for her community. She is the kind of leader who leads by lifting up…

As many of you may know the Vermont state primaries are coming up on August 11th, and this year they look a little different. Although this year's primary will take place mostly via absentee ballot this year's election is still vitally important. As we deal with the aftermath of Covid-19 as …

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to endorse the candidacy of Patrick Murray for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the Chittenden 8-2 district (Essex Junction). I have known Pat for about 14 years. We first met during our involvement in a community theater troup…

The August 11th Primary Election is just weeks away, and this year we have the opportunity to re-elect State Representative Lori Houghton as our voice in Montpelier. I am proud to support Lori’s re-election and hope you will join me when you cast your ballot.

As an independent contractor I saw my income fall to zero in the span of a few days during this pandemic. Lori Houghton has been instrumental in helping me navigate the stressful, frustrating, complex system(s) of the Vermont DOL and PUA Unemployment.

I am writing today in support of Patrick Murray for House if Representatives. Patrick and I first met while leading a local theater non profit group, one that he ensured gave back directly to our community! When you run a non profit theatrical show it takes countless hours of dedication, and…

In the August 11 primaries, on whichever party ballot you choose, I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul.

When I am deciding about a candidate what matters most to me is not how they would vote on the “important” topic of the day - what matters most to me are their values. As the legislature votes on hundreds of items every two years I want to know what values a legislator relies on to make deci…

I’m supporting Tim Ashe for Lt. Governor in the Democratic Primary because in times like these experience and proven leadership matter more than ever. During the four years that Tim has led the Senate he’s shown the qualities that will make him a great Lt. Governor.

I feel like we are being controlled by the sum of our virtual realities. I grew up in an era where we marched against an undeclared, unjust Vietnam war. I saw and heard how song could influence political change through folk singers like Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. The Pentagon papers…

Essex voters are really fortunate to have Brian Shelden and Marybeth Redmond as candidates for the VT House of Representatives in the August 11 primary. Marybeth brings experienced leadership to the human, judicial, and social service Issues we face. Brian will bring his expertise in tech, b…