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Support for Balint

Editor of the Reformer:

I strongly support Becca Balint’s candidacy for Windham County Senate. I have known Becca for many years -- mainly through our shared work in education in Windham County. She was highly respected as a middle school teacher in Guilford and she gained my complete respect in every interaction I had with her over the years. Becca is a deep thinker, a thorough researcher and a good listener. Once she really understands an issue, she’s not afraid to form an opinion, state her beliefs clearly and look for a solution. With the problems facing Windham County, the skills Becca brings to the table will be a huge asset to us.

She’s ready, willing and able to work collaboratively to create solutions to real problems affecting real people in Vermont. We need legislators who are interested in and able to advocate for Windham County in the upcoming legislative session. I hope you join me in supporting Becca Balint in the upcoming Democrat Primary on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Anne Rider,

Guilford, Aug. 12

supports Kane

Editor of the Reformer:

Paul Kane has the skills and experience to do a great job as Windham County Assistant Judge. He will provide the right balance of hands-on public service/social work and business experience. I have seen him deal fair and straight with individuals through Vermont Probation and Parole in Brattleboro when I was a youthworker with Vermont Department of Labor. As state auditor, I worked with the sheriffs and assistant judges to improve budgeting and financial management. I know Paul Kane will be an asset to the county and state; he’s the right fit.

Thomas M. Salmon,

Bellows Falls, Aug. 11

Support for Barnett

Editor of the Reformer:

Lamont Barnett has been a public servant most of his adult life beginning with a stint in the U.S. Navy. The experience he has gained by serving on the many boards and committees has given the qualities we need in a Windham County Assistant Judge. Having known "Monte" for more than 20 years I can be sure he will continue to represent the peoples best interest if given the opportunity to continue in his present of Windham County Assistant Judge.

Please join me Tuesday, Aug. 26, in voting for Lamont Barnett for the position of Windham County Assistant Judge.

Sanford Martin,

Bellows Falls, Aug. 12

Get money out
of politics

Editor of the Reformer:

Ben and Jerry’s and I want to get the influence of big money out of politics. You too? Well, we are the people, and it is up to us to make the impossible possible. Is it impossible to get big money out of the governor’s position? You tell me. If it’s up to me, I will. Without big money, how does one run for governor, you might ask? I meet a lot of people, write a lot of letters, go a lot of places. If you want money out of politics too, you are going to have to help level the playing field level.

Here are two ways to help me compete as an equal, the latter helps all candidates compete equally. Both help you get beyond press soundbites. You can get an email with my position papers (emilypeyton2012@gmail.com). Current recipients are getting my monetary position paper. Others are coming in the months before the election include healthcare, marijuana, economy, criminal justice, taxation, NSA, climate change, and education.

A second gubernatorial playing field-leveler is a visit to the "Debate For Governor of Vermont ‘14" page on Facebook. Are there any candidates for governor afraid of a level playing field? You can find out. At this page you can post questions that you wish to see answered. "Like" it, post a question and peruse the answers.

All the candidates are invited to participate at their convenience but I can’t promise you that they will. Are the party candidates willing to face grassroots candidates? You’ll see who has courage to meet where big money can’t protecting them in the spotlight. I have a feeling that Scott Milne has the courage I speak of, not sure yet, but if he does, thats a good thing.

Emily Peyton,

Putney, July 14


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