Letter to the editor: Sens. Ayer, Bray endorse Hallquist as new governor

The last two legislative sessions have concluded with periods of confusion, rancor and extra expense brought on by a record-setting number of last-minute gubernatorial vetoes, inflexible demands and a general lack of engagement by the Administration. This experience has confirmed for us that we need a governor with successful executive experience, a clear and steady vision, and the ability to work with colleagues to get there — and we see a candidate with these qualities.
Christine Hallquist, Democratic candidate for governor, is our choice for Vermont’s next governor.
In accepting the job of CEO for Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), Christine took on a company with high electric rates, poor service and financial difficulties. Working with staff and line workers across Vermont, she led the transformation of VEC into a company that has earned high national ratings for service, has cut power outages by two-thirds, and that hasn’t asked for a rate increase in five years.
Christine’s leadership also earned the utility recognition for environmental leadership: the VEC grid is now 96 percent carbon-free. In addition, she demonstrated that good business and good stewardship go hand in hand, as Standard and Poor’s promoted VEC from a “Triple B-” financial rating to “A+ with a positive outlook.”
Vermont is facing challenges as a state, and we believe it too needs strong leadership in the state’s highest office to help us come together to improve the lives of Vermonters.
It is crucial to raise the conversation about the 2018 elections now. While the official primary voting day is Tuesday, Aug. 14, early voting has begun, and you can vote now by mail or by walk-in at your town clerk’s office. Your vote is your voice, and you need to be heard.
We support Christine Hallquist because she is a strong leader who will work well with legislators and everyday Vermonters. We have confidence that she can win the election for governor.
Please consider Christine Hallquist — she is the leader we need.
Sens. Claire Ayer & Chris Bray
Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore

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