Letter: Rainville for state's attorney

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To the Editor:

As an attorney (now retired), I know full well the importance of having a nonpartisan, experienced attorney in the position of state's attorney for Bennington County. This should be a nonpolitical office, occupied by someone with courtroom experience and insight into how to develop sensible and fair criminal justice policy. In the current race there is only one candidate who meets these criteria — Christine Rainville. I urge you to vote for her in this very important election..

I have known Christina Rainville for over 25 years. She is a brilliant, experienced attorney, and moreover, she is a caring and compassionate person, committed to improving the criminal justice system in this County.

During her 8 1/2 years as Bennington County Chief Deputy State's Attorney, she was clearly the most active member of the office, handling the most important jury trials and appeals. In addition, she wrote the briefs, gave the oral argument, and won a case in the United States Supreme Court. That is an achievement that only a very small number of the nation's lawyers ever attain.

Even when she was in private practice, Christina showed the compassion and dedication to public service that has marked her career. In 1999, she was awarded perhaps the highest honor for public service that an attorney can receive, the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico award, for her defense of a woman sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder she denied committing. The ABA Pro Bono award is given annually to attorneys who, in the ABA's words, "have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to our nation's poor and disadvantaged."

The State's Attorney's election is crucial to the community. It is no secret that opioids are rampant in Bennington County and elsewhere. It is enormously important that something be done promptly about this problem. Typically, Christina Rainville has already gone the extra mile in preparing to take on the fight against opioids, putting in the time and effort to develop a well thought out and far-ranging 21-point plan even before taking office. The plan is available on her website, christinarainville.com and on her Facebook page.

I hope you agree with me that the choice is clear and you'll vote for Christina Rainville for State's Attorney.

Jay Gerber




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