Goodwin won't seek re-election

MONTPELIER -- Rep. Charles "Tim" Goodwin, who represents the towns of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall, announced today that he would not seek re-election at the end of his term this year.

"I'm proud of what I have accomplished, and grateful for having been entrusted with the opportunity to represent the people of my district," said Goodwin.

Goodwin pointed to his work on the Judiciary committee, which has grappled with some high profile issues over the past two years, including opiate addiction issues, marijuana decriminalization, and death with dignity.

"We have a good balance of people, with a variety of life experiences on the Judiciary committee, and I have enjoyed working with each and every one of them."

Outside the work on his committee, Goodwin has been a staunch defender of school choice, which remains under constant attack in Montpelier. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to preserve school choice in towns that might be subject to district consolidation in the future. The House education committee has adopted this concept into its most recent draft of school district consolidation legislation.

As local official and an active volunteer in his community, Goodwin said that the time had come to focus more of his time on activities closer to home. Outside the legislature, Goodwin is a lister for the Town of Weston, a member of the board of civil authority, and the town's representative to the Windham Regional Commission.

Goodwin also announced his endorsement of former Representative Oliver Olsen, who intends to seek election later this year.

"Oliver did a great job as our representative, and will continue to do great work for our district," said Goodwin.


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