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November 3rd

Tom Costello

By KATHRYN FLAGG

MIDDLEBURY — Democrat Tom Costello aims to topple incumbent Republican Brian Dubie in this year’s race for lieutenant governor with a platform that calls for economic assistance for Vermont seniors, a vigorous debate about the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor and a focus on positive ways to attract business to the state.

The 63-year-old Brattleboro lawyer and veteran state representative is up against Dubie, who has served three terms as the state’s lieutenant governor, after winning out against Nate Freeman of Northfield in of the two contested statewide primaries last month.

“Our present administration is not dealing specifically and effectively with these problems which are solvable,” said Costello, who jumped into the race in June after learning that Dubie was running unopposed.

Costello was born and raised in Rutland, and graduated from Mount St. Joseph’s High School in 1963. He attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, and after graduating enlisted as a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor and a Purple Heart.

After returning from Vietnam, Costello earned a degree from Boston University Law School in 1974, and moved back to Rutland, where he practiced law until 1980. During that time, Costello began his political career in 1976 as a Rutland City representative in the Vermont House. He served until 1980, when he moved to Brattleboro, where he later started his own law firm, Costello Law Offices.

Costello represented Brattleboro for an additional three terms in the legislature from 1994 to 2000. He was the chair of the judiciary committee from 1994 until 1998, and also served on a special legislative committee investigating Vermont State Police practices.

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Brian Dubie

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is seeking to win another two-year term with a proposed agenda that includes working to increase renewable energy sources in the state, crafting more sustainable state budgets in view of declining revenues, and enacting tougher laws on sex offenders.

Dubie, 49, is seeking his fourth consecutive term as lieutenant governor. The Essex Junction Republican faces major party opposition this year from Democrat Tom Costello (see story, Page 1A).

In an extensive interview on Tuesday at the Addison Independent, Dubie discussed his priorities for the next biennium, offering more of what he says he has delivered to Vermonters. He touted a six-year record in which he says he pushed for the creation of more “green” and high-tech jobs in Vermont, diversification of the state’s energy sources, a bolstering of aid and services for the elderly and needy in the face of surging fuel prices, and harsher penalties for those convicted of sexually assaulting children.

Dubie has condensed his accomplishments into a binder he titled “Lt. Governor’s Logbook: A Record of Success.” The latest edition includes 122 pages of text evoking Dubie’s vision for the state and initiatives he has supported to attain that vision.

“(The Logbook) gets thicker every year,” said Dubie, a Vermont Air National Guard veteran and current American Airlines pilot.

The Vermont lieutenant governor’s primary duties include presiding over the state Senate and casting the deciding vote in the case of a tie. But Dubie said he has tried to take a more visible, active role during the past six years by:

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Michael Fisher 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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David Sharpe 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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Barbara Rainville 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 “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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