I am voting for Jim Eckhardt as he has represented the interests of Killington, Bridgewater, Mendon and Chittenden residents better than all of our previous representatives. Jim listens to constituents’ concerns and, in spite of the supermajority held by the Democrats, he always brings our concerns to the Legislature. In addition to the perfunctory town meeting appearance, Jim has attended selectmen meetings and sponsored constituent meetings with key state personnel to discuss critical issues that relate to his constituents.
Jim is always available to answer questions and lead the charge in the Legislature to resolve local issues. As a business-oriented fiscal conservative, Jim is unfortunately a strong, but lonely (and necessary), voice in trying to get the Legislature to take fiscal responsibility for their tax-and-spend actions and votes. In attending the debate at the Bridgewater Grange on Oct. 17, Jim was complimented by the Democratic Senate whip for his ability to work together, while all Annie Gallivan had to say was that Jim missed some votes (whose outcome was preordained). Unfortunately, Annie’s comments at the debate lacked originality and lead me to believe she was not business-friendly and would just vote the Democratic party line.
It disturbs me how Anne Lezak from Burlington can profess to know so much about our local issues and concerns. Although personally I like Harry Chen, Annie Lezak appears to have the mistaken notion that Harry represented our concerns. She had only to attend our town meetings to realize his actual accomplishments for us. I normally would not have considered a letter to the editor, however I cannot idly stand by and read about someone from Burlington attack the only representative we have had who is fully responsive to his constituents needs.
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