Letter to the editor: Crowded county Senate field, coverage draw praise
Voters in Addison County owe thanks to the six candidates who have stood up to represent us in the Vermont State Senate. It is unusual to have such interest in public service, which is vital for Democracy.
We also owe the Addison Independent a tip of the hat for its important decision to give the six candidates an opportunity to spell out their views clearly and succinctly between now and Election Day, Nov. 6.
This kind of voter information from our local newspaper is an important public service for voters who are trying to sort out the views of the individual candidates. There will also be upcoming forums throughout the county so voters can see for themselves how each candidate answers questions and engages in debate.
As one voter, I look forward to these forums because answering questions in real time is an important skill set that must be judged before casting a vote.
One more observation: I have been observing politics in Vermont for more than 50 years, starting as a statejouse reporter in 1965. Innovation in political campaigns has been a scarce commodity over those years. However, the decision by two Independent Senate candidates, Marie Audet and Paul Ralston, to run as a team represents an innovation in Vermont.
It is one new political development locally that deserves watching as historically an Independent candidate runs alone and not as a team as the Democratic incumbent State Senate candidates are doing this election year in Chittenden County.
Please get yourself informed and please vote.
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