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Opinion: Baser a good fit for House seat

It is good news to learn that Fred Baser is running as a Republican for representative from Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln and Starksboro.
Fred and I go back a long way. We got to know each other when we attended birthing classes at Porter Hospital in anticipation of the arrival of our first-born sons. I think we both passed! We didn’t talk politics at those meetings, but I got the sense that Fred was a bright guy and a good fella. Over the years our encounters led me to believe that Fred would be an asset in Montpelier, as he expressed some interest in politics. He became involved in town government in Bristol, but owning and running a small business precluded a legislative campaign.
Now his niece’s husband runs the company, so Fred can make the effort to represent the people of his district. Fred has excellent communication skills, works hard, is as honest as they come and has a good grasp of the major issues facing Vermonters. As an insurance broker and financial planner he can make a substantial contribution to getting the health insurance situation right.
The Republican Party has struggled to find good people to run for office. I can’t think of anyone more qualified than Fred Baser: He’ll represent his constituency well.
Jim Douglas
Middlebury

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