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John “Peeker” Heffernan

By KATHRYN FLAGG

BRISTOL — After serving as a local civic leader for years, lifelong Bristol resident John “Peeker” Heffernan, 46, has turned his eye on statewide politics for the first time.

The current selectman and fire chief is throwing his cap into the ring in the race for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, running as a Republican against Addison-4 Representative District incumbents Michael Fisher and David Sharpe, both Democrats.

Heffernan came to the decision to run just weeks ago, he said, after weighing the advice of close friends, family members and neighbors.

“There are a number of people whose opinion I value, and I’ve spoken with them,” said Heffernan. “The first question is, ‘Do you feel that I can do this job and do it adequately?’ And I haven’t had anybody tell me that they don’t think that I should do it, that they don’t think that I can get a handle on how it works and do a good job.”

Heffernan is no stranger to civic leadership. He’s served on the Bristol selectboard since 2001. Before joining the selectboard he sat on the town’s equipment committee, and he’s also headed up the Bristol Recreation Club as president. And, after 18 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Bristol fire department, he was elected the department’s fire chief in January.

His term as selectman is up this year — but regardless of the outcome of the state race, he hopes to continue to play a role in local politics.

“No matter what happens I’ll still be looking to represent the people of Bristol on the selectboard,” said Heffernan.

His experience on the selectboard has been a positive one, he said.

“I didn’t have an agenda when I got on, and I still don’t,” said Heffernan. “I got on to try to make a difference for Bristol.”

That same philosophy applies to his candidacy for state office.

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John Hill Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

Will Stevens and John Hill are the candidates for the seat in the Addison-Rutland-1 district, which includes Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson.

 

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Will Stevens Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

Will Stevens and John Hill are the candidates for the seat in the Addison-Rutland-1 district, which includes Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson.

 

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Greg Clark Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

 

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Diane Lanpher Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

 

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Kitty Oxholm Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

 

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Jean Richardson Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

 

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John “Ike” Hughes Q and A

The following seven questions, along with a requested word limit, were asked of each local candidate for the Vermont House.

The questions are not repeated in the context of each candidate’s response, but are recalled by subject at the beginning of each answer.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

 

1) HEALTHCARE: The state’s Catamount Health plan is up and running, are you satisfied that it is meeting its goals and, if not, what additional steps should the state take to expand health care coverage? (Maximum 150 words.)

 

2) ELECTRICITY: The expiration of Vermont’s contracts with its two big electricity providers, Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee, is looming. And there are concerns about re-licensing Yankee. What should Vermont do to meet its energy needs? (150 words.)

 

3) AGRICULTURE: What state-level supports and policies regarding family farms would you promote as a legislator? (150 words.)

 

4) PROPERTY TAXES: The idea of a property tax cap to limit the rise in school spending has been suggested, but such reductions in funds could diminish the quality of education in our schools over time. How do you solve that dilemma? (150 words.)

 

5) HEATING: Vermonters are worried about how they will pay to heat their homes and gas up their cars this winter. What can the Legislature and state government do to help? (150 words.)

 

6) ECONOMY: State government is cutting back as tax revenues fall short of expectations. What can state government do to improve the Vermont economy? (150 words.)

 

7) SINGLE ISSUE: Discuss an issue of importance to you that you would work to address if elected. (100 words.)

 

 

In the race for the Addison-2 House seat — which represents Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton and Salisbury — John “Ike” Hughes faces Willem Jewett.

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