Letter: Vote for me

Vote for me

Editor of the Reformer:

My name is John Gannon and I am running as a Democratic candidate for the Vermont House district seat for Halifax, Wilmington and most of Whitingham (Windham-6) in this year's election.

I first came to the area with my wife, Crista, in 1978 and fell in love with the beauty of southern Vermont. Because of my time here, I chose to go to college in Vermont and, after law school, return to Vermont to practice law. Eventually, my career took me to Washington, D.C., where I helped fight Wall Street and protect investors hard earned money at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Crista and I were married in southern Vermont. We moved to the area permanently in June 2011.

For most of my career I have been committed to public service. Since moving to Wilmington, I have continued that tradition by serving on the Wilmington Selectboard, helping to found and co-chair Wilmington Works, the downtown organization for Wilmington, and serving on the board of the Wilmington Fund VT. I also am a member of Deerfield Valley Rotary and its immediate past President.

My campaign will focus on growing our economy, supporting education and making Vermont an affordable place to live.

To grow our economy, we need to invest in local infrastructure, especially broadband. Reliable broadband is more and more critical to our economic success. We also need to continue to invest in our downtowns and village centers. Smart investments, like the Vermont's Downtown Program, can leverage private funds to help grow our local economies.

I applaud all of our local school boards who are working in the shadow of Act 46 to figure out what consolidation decisions will best meet the needs of our communities and best enable our schools to educate our children. Act 46, however, does not fix the flaws in our educational funding system. Nor is it likely to lower our property taxes. Changing that funding mechanism is the next and most critical step to better educating our children. We also must help more of our children enroll and graduate from college. To accomplish that, we must make state colleges in Vermont more affordable. We also must make Vermont more affordable so that college graduates stay here.

To make Vermont affordable, we need to find a property tax solution that eases the burden on working families. Montpelier must also learn to live within its means just like the hard working people here do. State government cannot keep spending more money and raising taxes and fees every year. That's simply unsustainable. We need to live within our means.

Because it is important to represent the interests of the people of Halifax, Whitingham and Wilmington — and only the interests of those people — I will not accept campaign contributions from Political Action Committees, out-of-state organizations or any political party.

I hope you will consider voting for me.

John Gannon, Wilmington, March 16


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