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To all registered and eligible to register voters in the Town of Killington,

On Tuesday, March 6 a historic event will take place in Killington Vt.

Killington voters will, for the first time, elect their officials, pass or fail the town budget,  and decide any warned questions by Australian ballot as opposed to the face to face casting of ballots at a Warned Town Meeting.

There are many differences between what was done previously and the new Australian ballot that we now function under, but one huge difference is that you can now go to the polling place (Sherburne Elementary School) any time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cast your ballot.

I am Charlie Demarest, and this year I am running for the office of Town Selectman.  For those of you who do not know me, I have been a Killington resident for approximately 32 years and currently own and operate the Water Wheel Trading Company on Rte. 4 on Sherburne flats.

I am no stranger to the Selectman position having served in that capacity for 12 years from 1984 to 1996. I have also served on the Planning Commission, the Board of Civil Authority, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and as Town Auditor. There is no elected or appointed position in the town government that I have not had experience with.

I am very disappointed with the performance and demeanor of the existing Board of Selectmen and feel that change is needed.

If I am elected I pledge the following:

•     I will give the town employees the respect that they deserve. They are valuable assets to this town.
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•    I will not put anybody's special interests before the best interest of the town as a whole.
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•     I believe in the EDTC (by any name) and support it's  original mission of the development of tourism in Killington.
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•    I support a return to the Town Manager system. We have a Town Manager, not a Town Secretary. The current Board of Selectmen are micromanaging the town's affairs.
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•    I will treat the position of Selectman with respect and not as a vehicle to forward a special interest agenda.
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•    I will not be a party to any discussions that take place out of the public eye.  The public has a right to see and hear any discussion involving town business that involves decision making.
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•    I will not support the continuation of a water study which has little support among those it would purportedly serve.
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Please come out and support the candidate of your choice on March 6.

Respectfully,

Charlie Demarest

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