Letter: Stuart has vision, drive and skills

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Editor of the Reformer:

I am a partner with Gravel & Shea of Burlington, Vermont and a member of the Vermont Bar Association's Business Committee. As a VBA member, I participated in drafting S.269, legislation designed to encourage economic activity in Vermont by companies using blockchain technology. I write this letter as an individual and not in my capacity as a Gravel & Shea partner.

I write in support of State Representative Valerie Stuart's re-election. I worked closely with Ms. Stuart on S.269; her support was instrumental to the bill's passage. This legislation has made possible: completion of the first blockchain real estate transaction in North America here in Vermont with more transactions to follow; registration of the first blockchain LLCs; exploration of Vermont's first blockchain-enabled captive insurance company; media attention from The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Coindesk, Seven Days, Vermont Public Radio, and The Rutland Herald, among others.

From my perspective as a Vermont business lawyer, we need to strengthen our entire state's economy. The blockchain bill is a good example of how collaboration between political parties and General Assembly members across the state can result in economic development initiatives that benefits all Vermonters.

I wholeheartedly recommend you vote for State Representative Valerie Stuart on August 14 and again on November 2, 2018. She has the vision, drive and skills to pass legislation that builds a better economic future for Vermont.

Peter Erly, partner

Gravel & Shea, Burlington, Aug. 10


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