Opinion: Fritz a good pick for city council

After reading the article “Vergennes duels set for city council, VUES board seats” in the Addison Independent Jan. 29 issue, I am compelled to write this letter.
My deep disappointment is that author of the article chose to write what he did with regard to Jeff Fritz. I have recently had the pleasure of working with Jeff at the Vergennes Opera House and the Friends of the Bixby Library; however, his involvement in our community includes a whole lot more.
To say that he is best known in Vergennes for purchasing a large Victorian Main Street home in 2011 and renovating it before moving there from Washington state is shallow and a missed opportunity to mention what Jeff Fritz has already brought to Vergennes. We are so very lucky that Fritz chose to purchase a home here. His extraordinary willingness to volunteer his time and ideas in many community areas has made and continues to make an invaluable contribution to our community.
Yes, Jeff Fritz owns a home in Vergennes. A few more details about this extraordinary resident would have made your article much more informative.
Not sure why only the purchase of his home was mentioned.
Debra Emerson
Editor’s note: As is the case every year, the Independent plans a full story on candidates in contested Vergennes-area races that will include in-depth data on their backgrounds as well as positions on issues. The article in question relied on municipal officials and Internet sources for only limited details on candidates and was intended primarily to inform voters there would be Town Meeting Day races.

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