October 22, 2014 Posted to: Middletown Springs Front Porch Forum
For a hundred and eighty years Middletown sent representatives to the Vermont Legislature, starting in 1785 with Joseph Spaulding and including names like Leffingwell, Coy, Clark, Vail, Gray, Copeland, Haynes, Buxton, Carpenter, Greene, Dudley, Norton, Parker, Hubbard, and Rogers – familiar names even today. The last representative to the Legislature from Middletown Springs was Lewis Barrett in 1965.
The “one town, one vote” system came to an end in Vermont after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that arrangement violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Vermont Supreme Court agreed in the case of Buckley vs. Hoff in 1964. New legislative districts were created by the Legislature, cutting the number of House members from 246 to 150. Middletown Springs joined a legislative district that includes Pawlet, Wells, Rupert and, more recently, part of Tinmouth. Since 1965 that district has been represented by successive residents of Pawlet, the town with the largest population.
Now, after fifty years without direct representation, Middletown Springs voters have a good chance of helping to elect one of our own to the Vermont House. That candidate is Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, a proven Town leader.
On November we can make history and add another familiar name to roster of Middletown’s legislators when we help elect Robin to the Vermont House!
October 28, 2014 – Letter to the Editor of the Rutland Herald.
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman is running to fill the spot so ably filled by John Malcom up until his retirement. The Rutland-Bennington district (Pawlet, Wells, Middletown Springs, Rupert and Tinmouth) needs Robin to bring our voice to Montpelier. We are small rural towns in Vermont, with a desire for strong local schools, good jobs and vibrant communities.
Robin is a great listener, consensus builder and leader. Vote for Robin on Nov. 4, or now by absentee ballot.
Supporting Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
It used to be said that politics was the art of compromise and that mediation built consensus. Among his numerous qualifications Robin Chesnut-Tangerman has taken a degree in mediation. I think that a candidate who understands the value of consensus would be a good choice for a position in the Vermont House.
Robin would be representing the Wells, Rupert, Tinmouth, Middletown Springs, district. Many of us who live here are well acquainted Robin who has lived and worked among us for over twenty years. He has earned his place. We have seen the many ways he has demonstrated his commitment to preserving the character and strength of the community as a family man, a small business owner, a Selectman, a volunteer fireman, an organizer, an educator and more. This adds up to a proven record of effective service which has prepared Robin well to be a solid choice to represent our region in Montpelier.
I’ve known Robin personally since our daughters started day care together many years ago. I think I am qualified to speak to the nature of his character. In all of the positions he has been elected or appointed to I’ve never seen him be anything but a gentleman. When he was committed to a goal he would follow through. When he and I shared a common challenge I knew I could depend on him. I think he is the real deal. I’d trust him to fairly represent our district. I suggest we send this reasonable man to Montpelier.
To the voters of Rutland-Bennington District 1, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Tinmouth and Wells:
We are writing to urge you to vote for Robin Chesnut-Tangerman for State Representative in the upcoming election. As residents of Middletown Springs, we have known Robin as a friend, neighbor, local businessman, as well as an elected Select Board Member and educator. In all of these rolls, as well as that of father and husband, Robin has been invariably caring, thoughtful, and conciliatory. This has never meant that he is without conviction, however, as he has identified a number of issues – particularly affordable quality education, accessible universal healthcare for all citizens and energizing and revitalizing the State’s economy – that are interconnected and need to be addressed if we are to maintain, sustain and improve our way of life in Vermont. A mediator by training and nature, Robin is always looking for good ideas, regardless of source, with an eye toward proposing plans and supporting decisions that have long-lasting benefits for our entire community and state.
Robin is working hard to win in his bid for Election to the House – your vote and ours will make sure that he gets there. On November 4, please remember to vote – and to vote Robin for Rep.
CHARLES C. STEVENS
KELLEY A. BECKWITH
Middletown Springs, VT
Sept. 30, 2014
Letter of Support sent to Rutland Herald and the Tinmouth Front Porch – Oct 5, 2014
Pawlet, Wells, Middletown Springs, and Tinmouth have a splendid opportunity to continue the quality representation in the Legislature that John Malcolm provided. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman has valuable experience in local government, business, education, and non-profit operation. He approaches problems – and the legislature is certainly facing them this term – with an open mind and an understanding of his constituents’ interests. I can think of no one better to confront the challenges presented by the state budget, education governance and funding, the Department of Children and Families, and the Governor’s push for a single payer for health and medical costs. He will not be pushed, nor afraid of compromise. A vote for Robin is a vote for good sense in Montpelier.
Letter of Support sent to Rutland Herald & Pawlet Front Porch Forum – Oct 5, 2014
I’m writing to encourage everyone to support Robin Chesnut-Tangerman in his bid for State Representative of Vermont’s Rutland-Bennington district. I’ve known Robin and his family for nearly 20 years; we were neighbors in Middletown Springs for 8 years. He’s a good man with a big heart.
Robin is intelligent, compassionate and honest…qualities which seem to be in diminishing supply among politicians these days. He cares deeply about people, and about improving our Vermont way of life. I’ve always known him to be a careful listener who keeps an open mind, and his training as a mediator serves him well in this regard. This is the essence of government representation.
I trust Robin to be my voice in Montpelier. I trust his integrity, his good judgment, and his common sense. I don’t believe that there’s another candidate as well-qualified to represent the people of this district. Let’s send him to the State House on November 4th.
West Pawlet, VT
Vermont House candidate Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, incumbent VT Senator Eldred French, and VT Senate candidate William Tracy Carris will hold a Barn Social at the Larson Farm, 69 South Street, Wells, on Sunday, October 19 from 4-6pm. Hot/cold cider, coffee, and donuts will be provided. This event immediately follows the Larson Farm Open Barn Party (1-4 PM) that will offer live music, farm tours, and additional refreshments! Both events are free and open to the public.
Chesnut-Tangerman, French and Carris will each give a short presentation on their qualifications, seasoned experience, and legislative priorities, then open the floor to questions, comments and discussion.
Among the topics addressed will be:
- How we can increase good paying jobs in our towns while protecting our quality of life.
- Ways to reduce expenses in State Government that can translate into lower taxes.
- How to streamline education expenses to lower local property taxes.
- The benefits of a single-payer health plan for VT, and how to get there.
- Why Vermont must prepare for climate change and embrace a clean energy future.
This is a great opportunity for voters to get to know each candidate first-hand so they can make an informed decision on Nov 4. And what better venue than on the farm in the fall with cider and donuts!
For more information visit www.RobinForRep.com or call 235-2050.
Directions can be found at: http://www.larsonfarmvt.com/directions.php
I had the interesting experience tonight of attending a Gun Forum at the Pawlet Fire House. Prior to the forum I grabbed a bite to eat at Mach’s Market and had the pleasure of talking with Republican Senator Joe Benning from Caledonia County who had driven south for the forum. I introduced myself as a candidate for the House from this district, on both the Progressive and Democratic ballots.
What followed was a great conversation on the need to transcend party politics and work together – he mentioned specifically that he was the lead sponsor on a bill authored by Progressive/Democrat Senator David Zuckerman. Our legislators all need this broad perspective to work effectively. Open mindedness is one of my strengths.
The Gun Forum was billed as a non-partisan information session, but given the make-up of the panel and the crowd, which was adamantly opposed to any new gun legislation at all, it was less educational and more preaching to the choir. Opinions expressed by the audience ranged from the moderate “Don’t change anything” to absolute certainty that this is the most important issue of our times and any attempt to improve background checks is just one small step away from confiscating our guns. There was great emphasis on turning out the vote and writing to representatives.
The evening ended with all candidates in the audience given the opportunity to briefly state their position in regard to firearms. The candidates present stood and expressed their support for keeping the status quo until I rose for my turn. I thanked them for the session and the opportunity to speak, and I articulated my support for universal background checks as a means of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. People were polite, and afterwards a few thanked me for having the courage to stand up and speak honestly. This usually came in the form of, “I’m not voting for you but I appreciate…”
It was an interesting and informative evening.
October 03, 2014 – Letter to the Editor of the Rutland Herald.
If you live in Wells, Rupert, Pawlet, Middletown Springs or Tinmouth, know that you have an outstanding voting opportunity for state representative in Montpelier. A vote for Robin Chesnut-Tangerman will help send a highly qualified person to represent our towns in the state.
We have known Robin for years as a caring husband, father, small businessman and community leader. His commonsense approach to life and his concern and action on important issues such as health care, education and the environment will bring a well-informed voice to government. Robin’s ability to listen to all sides, research issues and articulate clearly will serve us well. He even has a degree in conflict mediation — a much needed asset in government at all levels.
Robin represents our wish to develop Vermont into more than a tourist destination but rather the best place to live, work and raise a family. Life here in rural Vermont is a struggle for families and many of our senior citizens. Southern Vermont could use Robin’s voice of reason and his knowledge of the issues. For more information about his ideas and background, please visit RobinForRep.com
SARAH and JACK RATH
October 1, 2014 – Letter to the Editor in the Rutland Herald.
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman is the right choice for state representative for Pawlet, Wells, Middletown Springs, Rupert and Tinmouth. I have known Robin for many years and watched him excel as a leader in our town, particularly as a member of our Select Board.
One thing I appreciate is his ability to listen to people with different ideas — sometimes strongly different ideas — with respect and care. Robin has a gift for calming the room when emotions are high and helping people find commonsense solutions. This was especially clear in his years of service working on town budgets, a thankless task that he accomplished with grace, vision, and attention to detail. These are qualities we should always look for in our representatives in the State House.
Robin has a number of commonsense ideas for helping our communities and the whole state move forward in the areas of education, health care and the economy. His ideas for saving money in health care while simplifying the paperwork and insurance application process strike me as particularly important. These are things we need to address to have an affordable health care delivery system in our state.
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman has spent years working for the long-term good of our community, while being mindful of the immediate challenges facing working families in our rural area. He has the experience to represent us well in Montpelier. I am proud to support him for representative.