Jim Harrison of Chittenden announced his candidacy for a new term as state representative for the Rutland-Windsor 1 district (Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon) on May 14. He was first appointed in 2017 by Governor Phil Scott to replace former Representative Job Tate and was elected to a new term in 2018.
Harrison, an independently-minded Republican, understands the challenges that Vermont will be facing. He said, “The Covid-19 crisis demands that Vermont look at some things differently. Tough decisions will be necessary in order to get back on our feet.”
He added, “This is not the time to walk away, but rather step up to the task, which is why I am announcing my candidacy for a new term.”
As a state representative, he has developed a reputation for being pragmatic by asking questions and working to improve bills. It will be this ability to probe and understand ramifications that will serve the state well going forward.
“With public health in mind, we must work to get our economy moving again. I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility and understand the importance of making investments for our future. As they say, when given lemons, it’s time to make lemonade,” said Harrison.
He is known for his frequent updates and written communications. He also prides himself on easy access for district residents.
Harrison and his wife, Pat, have lived in Chittenden since 2006 and in Vermont for 35 years. They have two adult children and four grandsons. His experience working with small businesses as the former president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association and administrator of the Vermont Specialty Food Association, will continue to serve the region well and find solutions going forward.