As many already know, I have chosen to not seek another term as the state representative for Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall. It was a difficult decision, but one that I made for all the right reasons.
With a young family and work obligations outside the legislature, I have found it impossible to balance these important priorities with my legislative service. Ultimately, I had to make a choice - I could continue to be an effective representative for our community, at the expense of my family and my professional career, or I could turn my legislative service into a minimalist endeavor.
From my perspective, mediocrity is not an option. Our district deserves to have someone who can continue to put 100 percent into the role of state representative, so I am stepping aside and supporting someone who will do just that.
After announcing my retirement last autumn, I heard from a number of folks who wanted a candidate who would continue to bring a moderate voice and a sense of balance and to Montpelier; a centrist willing to work with all sides, but not afraid to fight for our district. As I spoke with Democrats and Republicans, there was one name that continued to pop up - Tim Goodwin.
A BBA graduate with deep roots in the "mountain towns," Tim grew up on the family dairy farm in Weston. He went on to UVM, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a Vietnam veteran, Tim has served our country with honor; as a
Needless to say, I am excited to see Tim step up to the plate. A number of folks from across the political spectrum have already come out in support of Tim's candidacy. He has been working hard to meet with people from all five towns in our district, and has already started working to cultivate the all-important relationships he will need to be successful in Montpelier.
So, although I won't be returning to Montpelier next year, I am grateful that my friends and neighbors in Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall will have an opportunity to vote for Tim Goodwin as our next state representative.
Rep. Oliver Olsen