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Chittenden Democrats Look Ahead to the 2015 Legislative Session

Chittenden County Democrats Treasurer Bob Hooper and Charlotte State Representative Mike Yantachka hosted Legislative leadership candidates on the monthly Chittenden county Democrats Show on December 1st.  Incumbent Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth and House Majority Leader candidate Representative Kesha Ram of Burlington chatted with Bob and Mike about the roles they hope to play in the Statehouse as well as the issues the legislature will have to tackle starting January 7th.



Thank You!

I am thankful to the voters of Charlotte and Hinesburg for your support of my re-election as your State Representative.  After knocking on hundreds of doors, I have had many good discussions on a lot of issues.  It was valuable to hear what is on voters' minds, and I welcome your continued input via email and personal contact.  I will be working hard with my colleagues during the coming session to reduce the burden of education financing on local property taxes.  As we receive the plans for the single payer health care system, Green Mountain Care, I and my colleagues will be paying close attention to the financing, provider reimbursement, and cost containment with respect to the impact on Vermont's economy as well as on the health of Vermonters.  The upcoming session will be full of difficult challenges which will not lend themselves to easy solutions.  The legislature will undertake these challenges, and we will, we must, find solutions.  I will continue to keep you informed of what is going on in Montpelier through my newspaper articles and my website, and I look forward to hearing from you as we consider the many issues facing Vermont.  Thank you again for your support.

YOUR VOTE = YOUR VOICE

When the Constitution of the United States was ratified 225 years ago, only white men who owned land were allowed to vote. By the time of the Civil War, the property requirement was largely eliminated. In 1870 discrimination by race was prohibited by the 14th Amendment, and in 1920 women were given the right to vote with the 19th Amendment. Further amendments eliminated poll taxes and extended the right to vote to 18 year olds.

 The right to vote is a sacred right that generations have died to protect, and only in the last four years have some states begun to restrict voting by curtailing access and requiring specific forms of ID not easily available to all citizens. Fortunately, here in Vermont we have not taken steps to restrict access because we strongly believe in this fundamental right of all of our eligible citizens. However, because this is not a presidential election year, turnout is expected to be low for this election.

 So, I want to encourage everyone to exercise your right to vote this Tuesday. Whom you vote for is your choice, but don't throw away this precious privilege.

 Your Vote is Your Voice. Use it!