Opinion: Fritz not just a good renovator

In Thursday’s, Jan. 29, article, “Vergennes duels set for city council,” longtime Addison Independent reporter Andy Kirkaldy describes candidate Jeff Fritz, as “best known in Vergennes for purchasing a large Victorian Main Street home in 2011 and renovating it before moving there from Washington state.” While committing substantive energy and resources to the restoration of one of our most important Vergennes residential assets is in and of itself most admirable, Andy missed the point.
Since his arrival in Vergennes, Jeff Fritz has become one of our most important “residential assets.” He has been indefatigable in his commitment to, and has had a most positive impact on, our community through the Boys and Girls Club, Vergennes Opera House, and Bixby Library. We are so fortunate that he has chosen Vergennes as his home.
If Andy thought it so newsworthy, perhaps I should be regretting that he did not reference my purchase and renovation of another of Main Street’s lovely large old historic homes in describing my former candidacy many years ago, for a Vergennes City Council seat.
Who knows, I might have won.
Terry Faith Weihs Terry
Editor’s note: As is the case every year, the Independentplans 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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