Letter to the editor: Dems back independent candidates

We have been Democrats for most of our adult life, favoring liberal and progressive programs. One of us (Betty) was instrumental in establishing the Democratic Party in Middlebury and Addison County. But we are not so dyed-in-the-wool that we would not vote for an outstanding candidate from another party, or, as in this case, Independents. We were proud to support the late great Jim Jeffords. This is one of those instances.
Marie Audet and Paul Ralston are outstanding candidates, and we are certain that if elected they will serve the County and the State well, and not only that, but they will also provide wise and inspired leadership that Vermont politics sorely needs. One of us (Betty again) served with Paul in the Vermont House and knows first-hand his legislative skill, his dedication, his hard work, and his ability to come up with imaginative and constructive solutions to problems.
What Marie and Paul bring is experience and accomplishment in the two main areas of the local economy: agriculture and the local craft industry, which have brought not only increased wealth to the county, but “good jobs close to home,” which is the key to success in economic development. They have also taken the lead in energy use, relying on renewable energy sources to power work, so that economic growth and environmental preservation can go hand in hand.
In a free society, a robust economy is essential. It provides the means that support the public sphere: health care, education, and social services. Paul and Marie understand this, and they have adopted these public goods as their chief goals.
The people of Addison County have a rare opportunity in the candidacy of Marie Audet and Paul Ralston for the Vermont Senate. We support them with enthusiasm and urge you to join us in voting for them on election day.
Betty and Victor Nuovo

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