Wilton's got the track record

To the Editor:

Vermonters have a wonderful opportunity this fall to elect a woman with impeccable credentials for State Treasurer - Wendy Wilton. Over the years I have come to know and work with Wendy and have continued to be impressed with her passion, depth of knowledge and leadership skills. More importantly I know that Wendy truly understands the importance of the independent nature of the State Treasurer position and how critical it is to focus on the roles and responsibilities of the office separate from political considerations or influences.

Vermont has serious fiscal challenges ahead. From revamping our healthcare system to the $3 billion dollars in state unfunded liabilities for the state employees' and teachers' retirement funds, now is certainly not the time to rubberstamp, shrink from our challenges or be influenced by political pressures. As a candidate, Wendy has already provided specific solutions in response to questions about what she would do as Treasurer and I can assure you that she will fight tirelessly to bring fiscal stability back to Vermont. When Wendy was elected Rutland City Treasurer in 2007 she inherited a $5 million deficit and helped turn it around to a $3. 8 million positive fund balance. She's produced the first "clean" audit the city has seen in 32 years. In short, she's a woman who gets things done effectively.

Wendy is an outstanding manager who will foster an environment of trust, mutual respect and accountability in the work environment. Equally important, she is someone who will be respectful of State policy, labor contracts and human resources practices.

Wendy Wilton's proven track record of accomplishment is just what we need in Montpelier. I hope you will join me in voting for Wendy Wilton in November.

Pat McDonald



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