Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Primary Day post

After voting this morning, I saw Rich Tarrant on Main Street in Stowe on my way into work. He had his signature yellow and red "Tarrant/ Senate" sign hoisted in the air, behind the backdrop of the Akeley Memorial Building.

Yep, it's Primary Day all right. But I must admit — I was a bit dumbfounded to see candidate Tarrant vying for last-minute votes in Stowe.

Afterall, surely candidate Tarrant knows that only 215 — or 5.9 percent — of Stowe’s 3,599 registered voters cast ballots in last year's primary election. Now, you might suppose generously that an even 10 percent will vote by the end today. That leaves you with 360 voters, of which perhaps half will vote in the Republican primary. OK, that leaves you with 180 voters to pursuade. If we guess that about 60,000 people in Vermont will vote in today's election, of which perhaps half voting Republican, that means Stowe's Republican primary voters represent about .006 percent of the people he needs to vote for him. Unless my math is off, Stowe Republican primary voters would appear to represent not quite one-tenth of 1 percent of people Tarrant wants to vote for him.

Plus, Stowe's historically been a stronghold for moderate Republicans — a label Tarrant's been pretty adamant about in his own campaign.

Hey, I guess Stowe's as good a place as any to start Tuesday morning.And every vote does count, as any town-meeting veteran will tell you. Until the numbers come out tomorrow...

Friday, September 08, 2006

More campaign chatter

A few more candidates have since stopped by our office to say hi, and to pitch their platform. This week, we had incumbent Sen. Susan Bartlett, who staked out education issues as her top concerns. The primary election, by the way, is Tuesday.

Here's an updated rundown of who's been by for visit so far, and what they've said:

• Heidi Scheuermann, Republican for Stowe House: “I’m a traditional sort of Vermont Republican — fiscally very conscious and concerned that we have systems we can afford.”

• Matt Dunne, Democrat for Vermont lieutenant governor: "I believe Vermonters value above all other things someone who is getting up and working hard for you. It is that kind of commitment to working hard … that I think people respond to. And I don’t think Brian (Dubie) has delivered."

• John Tracy, Democrat for Vermont lieutenant governor: “I’m willing to lead in difficult times. I think we’re at a crossroads as a state.”

• Jim Black, Republican for Lamoille Senate: "We can’t afford the money we spend right now (on education). It’s going to bankrupt the state. We have to limit the increase."

• Susan Bartlett, Democrat for Lamoille Senate: "I really believe that the underlining principals of Act 60 — the a statewide property tax, trying to get every student access to a really good education and trying to have some balance on how much property tax and how it’s connected to folks’ incomes — are valid principals and ideas."

• Mark Shepard, Republican for Vermont U.S. House:“If we’re going to be a party that’s really relevant, we have to be aiming for things that produce opportunities for people and get back to those core principles which, in my lifetime, I would best attach to Ronald Reagan."

• Martha Rainville, Republican for Vermont U.S. House: “I believe in a strong defense; I believe in fiscal responsibility; and I really believe in the strength and responsibility of the individual."

• Peter Welch, Democrat for Vermont U.S. House: "The reason I’m running, fundamentally, is we’ve got a president who, in my view, is pushing through a radical and extreme agenda. The administration has also been incompetent and I’ve seen in an immediate and direct way the damage it’s doing to our state and country."

• Rich Tarrant, Republican for Vermont U.S. Senate: “I know how to negotiate, I know how to get along with people and I know how to sell, and that’s very important when you want to get a particular point across or a bill passed that brings advantages back to Vermont."

Stay tuned for more after the primary...