I came to Barre in 1967 to teach English at Spaulding High School right after graduating from Bowdoin College. That turned into a total of 29 years at the Barre schools as a teacher and administrator.
Leslie and I have also lived in Williamstown, North Calais, Maine and Germany, but we kept returning to Barre, where we began our married life. We have chosen Barre as our home and have no intention of moving away. This is a solid community with people who care for one another.
In addition to my career in education I also worked for Ormsby’s Computer Store and later was sole proprietor of Computer Mania and Data Consulting of Vermont. Leslie had a long career as a school nurse in the Barre City Schools.
We join many other Vermonters with our volunteerism. I have served on the Spaulding High School and Barre Supervisory Union Boards, the boards of the Granite City Grocery, the Aldrich Public Library, the Barre Lions Club, and the Peoples Health & Wellness Clinic. Leslie heads up the Barre Lions Club’s Vision Screening Program, and I’m glad to assist her. We have provided free vision screening to over 3,800 Central VT schoolchildren this past school year.
In 2014 Gov. Shumlin appointed me to fill a vacancy in the VT House of Representatives, and I’ve had the good fortune to be elected to the position in 2014 and 2016. I serve on the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee. The past session I also served as Clerk for the Democratic Caucus. I sponsored or co-sponsored 60 bills in the last biennium.
I grew up in a blue-collar family that gave me a strong respect for the dignity and value of labor. Since I’m also a child of the 60s, issues of equity and equality on all levels are also very important to me.
We live in a wonderful place. But we have to do a better job of protecting what we have and making life better for all Vermonters. That is why I am running in 2018 and ask for your support.