Who am I?

I served in the State Legislature from 1981-1990, chaired the House Health and Welfare Committee for six years. I sponsored and passed the Vt. Health Ins. Plan (VHIP) which insured all Vt. Children and became "Dr. Dynasaur." Also, a bill that improved access to affordable health care for the elderly while reducing the burden of paperwork for them. I served on the Vt. Public oversight Commission which oversees hospital budgets and grants "Certifcates of need." I am currently the Chair of the Westminster selectboard. I have a reputation for being a good listener, accessible to those I represent and of weighing differences thoughtfully.

Why am I running?

I will continue my work to improve health care in Vermont. I will also work to advance new renewable energy initiatives and assure that Vermont Entergy's nuclear plant closes as scheduled in 2012. Renewable energy and local agriculture initiatives can enhance our economy and I will seek ways for the State to further support entreprenurial ventures in these sectors. I will be mindful of the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.

My Goals

Closing Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in 2012. I will work to uphold the vote taken in the Senate this year not to renew their license for another twenty years.
Expand health care above and beyond the federal law. Vermont will be faced with 3 choices: single payer health care, a public option, or a third, yet undefined choice. I will be active in this debate.
New Energy initiatives. I will seek and support new and innovative green solutions which provide alternative energy to Vermonters.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

I am distributing brochures by mail and by a door to door campaign with volunteers who are helping. I am an active member of several local boards as well as chair of the Westminster Selectboard, the governing body in our town. Members of the community have set up many "meet and greet" meetings. I am also availing myself of the many events and activities like fairs and farmers market that occur in abundance during this time of the year.

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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