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Opinion: Bristol Rep. Baser shone in first two years

In 2014, the voters of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro elected an outstanding community leader, Fred Baser, to represent them in Montpelier. I am writing to urge them to re-elect him.
Fred has an impressive record of accomplishment in his first two years in Montpelier. He picked right up on the workings of Vermont state government. He listened, worked hard, asked a lot of questions and used good common sense as he navigated the many bills that went through his committee and onto the floor of the House.
Fred gets back to constituents promptly to answer their questions and help them with their problems. He’s well-known for working collaboratively across the political aisle to develop bills in the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.
This year, Fred sponsored a significant bill to create more housing for middle income Vermonters. The measure would also have helped lower the cost of existing housing. The lack of affordable housing is a real problem in many parts of the state, including Addison County.
For a first term lawmaker to advance a major bill, which had tri-partisan support, was quite an achievement. Unfortunately the Legislature ran out of money to fund it in the eleventh hour, but Fred is planning to push the measure again next year.
We need experienced, independent thinkers in the legislature, people who are in touch with the real needs of Vermonters. Fred fits the bill perfectly. His temperament, intelligence and experience make him a true leader. Re-elect Fred Baser in November.
Jim Douglas
Middlebury

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