The Mountain Times

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Galivan will bring an educated and strong voice to Montpelier

Dear Editor,

Anne Gallivan is running for State Representative for the towns of Killington, Bridgewater, Mendon and Chittenden. We are very pleased to have such a great choice for a new voice to represent us in Montpelier. Anne has our enthusiastic support.

For those of you who don't know Anne as the former dedicated library teacher for the Barstow Memorial School, as a director of school-based mentoring, as a regular volunteer on many community and professional fronts, or in her door-to-door quest to meet with you and hear your concerns, we hope you will take the time to get to know her. Anne is motivated by a love for Vermont, and a desire to see it maintain vibrant growth, with job creation and families who will fill our great schools to capacity. Anne is committed, reliable, smart, hard-working and approachable. She will listen and will speak for your concerns without being driven by a prescribed agenda.
You may have received an e-mail message from Anne's opponent on the eve of the primary election, in which he attempted to silence her message by asking voters to take a Democratic ballot and write in his name instead of voting for Anne. Thankfully, this most un-Vermont approach was unsuccessful and you now have the choice between two very different candidates. Anne is a straight-shooter with the interests of you and your family and your community at heart.

After hearing about a disturbing lack of votes from our current representative, we looked at his record: He was absent for 22 of 74 votes in the legislature during the last legislative session, including the major one on health care reform from his own committee, Health Care. While we don't just judge the work of our legislators simply by their attendance, the four-month term is short enough that we would expect an attendance rate of better than 65%.

Anne Gallivan will be an advocate for the concerns of our communities and will bring an educated and strong voice to the problem-solving discussions in Montpelier.

We hope you will join us in voting for Anne Gallivan for State Representative.
Jack Kennelly and Patti Lancaster, Mendon, Vt.