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Opinion: Lanpher deserves to be re-elected

Rep. Diane Lanpher deserves to be reelected to represent us in Montpelier. She has proven that not only does she listen to our concerns in our community, she acts on them.
When a burglary spree broke out in Addison County last year, her thorough research showed that there were problems within the system that hindered law enforcement from cracking down on fenced goods. She worked with both law enforcement and private pawnshop owners, then authored, introduced and fought for a bill to give more teeth to the existing laws. Even though the final version was not as strong as what she wanted, she had listened to the community and took control and confronted the issue.
She also proved she cares about the growth of business. She was instrumental in helping us alter outdated Vermont regulations that were preventing the growth of our wedding business. We contacted Diane about the problem, and she immediately got in touch with all of the agencies involved and instructed us on what the next steps were.
We were able to present our concerns to the agencies, who in turn worked with us to create a solution that satisfied the agencies and benefited not only us, but all other wedding venues like ours facing the same issue. We cannot be more thankful — our business is now growing as we had hoped it would.
We need a representative who not only listens to her constituents, we need someone who will work for them, and Rep. Lanpher has proven that she will. We need Rep. Diane Lanpher in Montpelier.
Lorraine Franklin
Addison

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