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...

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