Letter to the editor: Brandon-area candidate is a ‘breath of fresh air’

I am writing this to support Tim Guiles in the upcoming election for the Vermont House of Representatives, District 6: Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury. There are four candidates running, 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans, and the highest two vote getters will be seated.
Tim Guiles is a welcome breath of fresh air for we voters to whom economic fair play, women as full equals in society, racial justice, and the environment are important issues.
All too often, the candidates we in this district end up electing are elected not for their positions but rather because they are familiar to us and we like them personally. And the stakes are now too high for that to continue. The radical shift of wealth from the middle class to the super-wealthy and the impending, if not current, climate disaster should shake us all from our complacency.
We know that the national Republican Party is now firmly in Crazytown. And that the states run by Republicans are moving like rockets to destroy the rights of workers to organize, give a blank check to polluters (where the cost of mitigating or limiting the damage inevitably falls on the public), devise tax structures which funnel money upward to the rich, deny workers the comfort of a living wage, and either ignore, or exacerbate, the causes of climate change.
Vermont Republicans are not so different. Which is probably why promoting issues is not high on their campaign priority list. Butch Shaw gets a 93 percent rating from the NRA. And an 80 percent rating from the American Conservative Union. If you want a good fright for Halloween, look that group up. I doubt Seth Hopkins veers far from that playbook, either.
Nice people they may be but do we want them crafting our laws?
During this time when the rights of women are under serious attack, where do each of the candidates stand? I know that Tim Guiles stands with you.
Please do your research and, if you do, I’m confident that we will send Tim Guiles to Montpelier.
Philip Frassica

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