With the election next week, voters in Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall will have a clear choice for state representative. In my mind, Tim Goodwin is the best candidate to be our next state representative. It really boils down to three factors: Experience, knowledge of the issues, and a commitment to our community.
When it comes to being an effective representative, there is simply no substitute for relevant experience. Prior to my appointment to the House of Representatives, I had chaired my local selectboard and planning commission, and had previously served on other civic boards. From that experience, I learned the ins and outs of Vermont's legal framework and system of governance, while developing skills that enabled me to bring people together on difficult issues. This experience proved critical to my success as your state representative, and it's the kind of experience that will make Tim Goodwin equally effective as our next representative.
Tim isn't one to shoot from the hip or speak off the cuff without having his facts straight. He is a thoughtful person who takes the time to study all sides of an issue, sticks to the facts, and endeavors to learn more about what he doesn't know. This thoughtful and even-handed approach has earned Tim the support of more than half a dozen legislators from both sides of the aisle. In fact, Tim is the only candidate in this race with bi-partisan legislative support.
As someone who has been an active participant in civic affairs for many years, Tim has demonstrated his commitment to our community. Whether it was helping with the Irene recovery effort, lending his skills as a CPA to various non-profit organizations in the area, representing us on the regional planning commission, or working quietly and selflessly to help a neighbor in need, Tim has been there for us - for over 30 years.
Let's put Tim's experience and skills to work for us in Montpelier. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, I would encourage you to cast your vote for Tim Goodwin.
Rep. Oliver Olsen