• Walz filling House vacancy
    Staff Report | April 08,2014
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    MONTPELIER — Tommy Walz, a former educator from Barre, has been tapped by Gov. Peter Shumlin to replace former Rep. Tess Taylor.

    Walz was picked from a list of three candidates submitted to Shumlin by the Barre City Democratic Committee.

    “I am pleased to appoint Tommy Walz to fill this opening,” Shumlin said in a statement. “His long-term commitment and service to the Barre community will make him an excellent voice for his constituents in the Vermont House of Representatives.”

    Walz moved to Barre in 1967 to teach English and German at Spaulding High School. He and his wife, Leslie,later moved several times, including a stint in Germany. Walz returned to Vermont in 1979 and again taught English at Spaulding before working in computer sales and data consulting.

    “I am proud to be joining the Barre contingent in the Vermont House of Representatives,” Walz said in a statement. “Barre has given us much and Leslie and I have had the chance to return some small measure through volunteering and serving on local school boards. Representing the people of Barre City in the Vermont House provides yet one more way for me to serve my community.”

    Walz is on the Barre Supervisory Union Board and the Spaulding High School Board.

    Taylor resigned from her seat in the House last month to serve as the executive director of Vermont’s Coalition for Universal Reform. The newgroup is planning a push for Shumlin’s universal, publiclyfinanced health care plan.

    Shumlin’s office said Walz would be sworn in promptly.
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