Here are some recent letters of support from constituents:
Residents of Tinmouth, Middletown, Wells, Pawlet and Rupert: I recently attended a well moderated debate between Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, the incumbent and a Progressive/Democrat and Jonas Rosenthal, a Republican, candidates for the State Legislature representing these five towns. My take away from this lengthy event was that I will cast my vote for Robin. He presented well thought out and carefully considered responses to the questions posed, with an effort to acknowledge and consider all points of view. Having served two years in the Legislature, Robin is an independent voice, working across the aisles, and earning tri-partisan support. He is a good listener and an effective mediator, helping disparate views come to compromise. I believe he will represent us well.
I urge every voter in the five towns to vote absentee now, or head to the polls in your town on November 8. I hope you will join me in casting your vote for Robin.
Cathy Reynolds, Tinmouth
The way to make America great again is to get venality out of politics. In last Sunday’s Herald, Bill McKibben expressed his distress at finding that Sue Minter faces a negative campaign heavily financed by outside forces. This assault on Democracy occurs at all levels.
Congress is crippled by short-sighted loyalties to opaque sources of money. Even at the most local apparently safe level, free choices are knocked out from under our feet.
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman is running for a second term as Representative to the Vermont legislature. He is running a clean, grass-roots campaign with the support of his constituents. His opponent is benefiting from an attack campaign by a Washington DC PAC.
There is no need to attack anybody. It is apparent that the nature and quality of these two campaigns is quite different.
Robin is a devoted public servant, with successful experience in the position. He knows the ropes. His work in the legislature has been noticed and appreciated. He keeps in close touch with the people he represents.
Robin is helpful, forward-looking and positive. He knows it is not his business to make local policy decisions. The people themselves do that, in town meetings. The Selectboards do that. The business of a Representative is to represent, and Robin does that with great energy, generosity, and enthusiasm. He is not working for some hidden entity or to make money. He works for us.
We find the current political situation depressing, if not frightening. Without trust, there is no liberty. We are lucky to be able to support somebody we can trust, somebody who knows us and is working for us, and not for some mysterious distant interests.
We are in this together and can do our Vermont best to help make America great with a vote for Robin.
Martha and Peter Heitkamp, Middletown Springs