Letter: Sears backing Ashe for Lt. Gov

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To the editor:

In this year's Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor I'm voting for my colleague and friend Tim Ashe. I urge voters from Bennington County to do the same.

Tim and I have worked closely together on many important issues over our years in the Senate. When Tim became the Senate's leader four years ago, he said he'd show as much concern for Bennington County and Wilmington as he would for his own. And he's done just that. I'll give you just a few examples.

He was instrumental in helping us to fast-track state funds to extend water lines to households whose drinking water was contaminated by PFOAs. Under his leadership the state Senate passed, with substantial support, a requirement that from here on out polluters will pay for such expenses, not homeowners and taxpayers.

Tim was central in supporting the various funding and policy changes needed to move forward with Bennington's Putnam Block. He said his goal was to push more state funding to communities that had not been receiving their fair share, and he's done it.

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Long before he was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, he visited our county multiple times to learn how things are going on the ground. His visit to United Counseling Services resulted in successful efforts to increase resources for our county's largest provider of mental health services. More recently, his visit with Bennington County educators led to quick advocacy for flexible delivery of school meals during the pandemic.

Senators from around the state could tell similar stories of Tim's proactive approach to strengthen each county.

Put simply, Tim has been a great leader, and will be able to do even more from the Lieutenant Governor's office. And as we've seen from the way he's handled the COVID crisis, he'd be ready on a moment's notice to fill in for the governor if needed.

State Sen. Dick Sears

North Bennington


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