April 20th, 2019

Time to Set the Record Straight

To the Editor:

In the last election, Susan Hatch Davis, after five terms of service in the legislature, lost her seat by a handful of votes. The campaign to oust her was, in my opinion, shamefully distorting of her role and impact there. Now, two years later, it is time to set the record straight. Susan is a quiet person, neither a fiery speaker nor a glad-handing politician. What she is, is an incredibly hard worker and a passionate advocate for the well-being of working families in this state. But this does not convey the full picture of her effectiveness. According to insiders, Susan is one of a handful of legislators—perhaps a few dozen out of 150—who is fully engaged in the legislative process; by virtue of that she has become one of its more influential members, someone who actually make things happen. Her defeat would be a serious loss to the causes she furthers, and to the values of fairness, justice, frugality, and moderation that she represents. I hope voters in her district (Williamstown, Chelsea, Washington, Vershire, Orange, and Corinth) are aware of this, and will not let that defeat happen. 

Dan Breslaw

West Corinth, VT

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