After 22 years in the Vermont House representing Barre Town, I have chosen not to run for re-election. That does not mean, however, that I have lost interest in Vermont government; indeed, I care very much, which is why I am voting to re-elect Topper McFaun and to elect Rob LaClair to replace me in the House.
Topper McFaun has been my partner in representing Barre Town for the last ten years. I know from working closely with him that he studies the bills carefully, listens to all sides (especially when it is Barre Town residents who are speaking!), and always votes the way his conscience tells him is right, regardless of any pressures that others might try to put on him. Topper speaks with authority, especially on matters relating to health care, and his is an independent voice that we need in Montpelier.
Rob LaClair has been active in Barre Town affairs ever since he moved here seven years ago, and he was active in town and school affairs in his previous residence in Middlesex as well. He is currently vice-chair of the Barre Town Selectboard, and his years of service in central Vermont give him the experience that will enable him to be an excellent member of the Legislature. In the years that I have known Rob, I have come to respect him for his calm demeanor, his moderate and analytic approach to issues, and his willingness to listen before making a decision. After 22 years in the Legislature myself, I think I have a pretty good “nose” for what it takes to make a good legislator, and I am confident that Rob LaClair is the right person to succeed me as Barre Town’s Representative.
I ask Barre Town voters to join me in voting for Topper McFaun and Rob LaClair for the House of Representatives. They’ll make a great team!
Thomas F. “Tom” Koch