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.
Melissa here: after Tuesday’s primary, we shift into higher gear to make sure Robin is our Representative in Montpelier. Robin received endorsements from both John Malcolm and Perry Waite ~ it is good to have their trust in him. Last night Robin knocked on doors with Ellen David Friedman at his side, availing himself of her considerable experience. And this week, the lawn signs arrived, just in time for the Tuesday polls!
On Friday I had the privilege to attend the memorial service for Senator Jeffords at Grace Church in Rutland. Though many political luminaries were in attendance the tone was one of humor, celebration, and respect. Speakers were mostly family and friends recounting the quirks and anecdotes of their friend/father/boss, celebrating the man rather than the offices he held.
The main thing to shine through was his authenticity, and although his moment in the national limelight was certainly recognized, the emphasis was on the father who seldom missed his children’s games, the Representative who first lived in Washington DC in his camper parked behind the Holiday Inn, and the grandfather who played with his staffer’s children. RIP Gentleman Jim.
Last night in Pawlet the band played, the food sizzled on the grill, neighbors chatted and caught up, and we talked just a tiny bit of politics (honest!). Where were we? At our Pawlet kick-off campaign event. Thanks to all those who came out. It was a pleasure to meet new friends and get things rolling in Pawlet!
A great and productive day – brunch meeting with some people to gather advice and make plans, then walked with Chris Larson, Rich Larson and Wendy Herrick in the parade. Stayed around and talked to people afterward.
More great news for this campaign – Kimberly Bushnell Mathewson will be taking on managing the organizational details with Melissa, who is excited to be working with Kimberly again.
Out door knocking in Pawlet, listening to a wide variety of concerns and meeting lots of wonderful people. Got invited in for a drink but had to take a raincheck.