Letter to the editor: Why I am running for the Vermont House

Why I am running for the Vermont House

For the past several years, Montpelier politicians have consistently voted to increase state spending beyond the normal increases in tax revenues. Then, they have raised taxes to make up the difference. Over the past six years, they raised taxes and fees by upwards of $700 million dollars.

I am running for the Vermont House to reverse this trend, and to restore our state's focus on economic growth, education policy, health care and the environment. I grew up in the small town of Fairfax, Vermont, where my parents still live. My wife, Leslie, and I moved back to Vermont 25 years ago to live, work and raise a family in Manchester. I was fortunate to have been chair of the Manchester Planning Commission for several years, chaired the more recent Manchester 20/20 initiative, am on the Vestry at Zion Church and am past board member of the Manchester Community Food Cupboard.

At the state level, I have served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as well as the Vermont Council on Rural Development. As a longtime assistant to Senator James Jeffords, and later as vice president at Central Vermont Public Service, I've gained experience in public policy as well as empathy for the individuals and businesses that pay the taxes to fund our government.

We can do better. We need to focus on the economy, reduce tax burdens and make education policy work for students. As most know, we now have a two-person district that includes the towns of Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and (part of) Sunderland. As a voter in this two-person district, you may vote for two candidates. I respectfully ask that you reserve one vote for me.

— Brian Keefe, candidate for Bennington-4 legislative district Manchester Center


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