I am a lifelong Rutland City resident, having grown up on Brown Street and Rutland Street, with lots of visits to Franklin Street where my grandparents lived. I graduated from Rutland High School, class of 1989, and continued my education at Castleton State College. I have lived in the city ward I am running to represent for the past fourteen years.
I work in downtown Rutland as the manager of Phoenix Books and am also a freelance book editor. My wife Alison (RHS class of 1991) is a pharmacist at Rutland Regional Medical Center. We are raising three children, the oldest is a freshman in college and the youngest is in first grade, and this year we opened our home to two students from Haiti who are attending MSJ.
It has been a great honor to serve on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen for the past eleven years (elected and re-elected six times). I am currently chairman of the board’s Public Safety Committee and previously served two years as board president. In addition to my aldermanic duties, I also serve on the Rutland Free Library Board as a mayoral appointee. Alison is also an elected official in Rutland and is currently serving her second term on the Rutland City School Board.
Why am I running for State Representative?
I have served on the Rutland City Board of Aldemen for the last eleven years and the longer I serve the clearer it becomes that many of the challenges we face locally can only be solved at the state level.
Like many communities in Vermont, Rutland faces the dual challenge of rising taxes and a declining population. It is essential that state government remove barriers discouraging people from starting new businesses or expanding existing ones. It is vital that homeownership in our communities becomes something to celebrate again without an ever-increasing tax burden.
What is good for Rutland would be good for many other communities throughout this state. It would be an honor to go to Montpelier and fight for Rutland and by doing so to make Vermont a better place to live for thousands of people throughout our state.