Barre Democrats vie for right to run in November
BARRE — When it comes to a local legislative race, all the action is on the Democratic side heading into the Aug. 14 primary.
Three Granite City Democrats, one an incumbent and the other two hoping for the opportunity to represent the party in November, have entered a race one will lose.
Flint, who mounted a last-minute write-in campaign that almost earned him a City Council seat in 2009, is more of a political outsider. He worked for 28 years as a consultant for the federal government, three years for the Vermont Department of Labor, and describes himself as an independent technical consultant, security analyst, author, inventor and educator.
All three Democratic candidates recently took the time to answer three questions posed by The Times Argus in an effort to provide voters a sense of why they are running:
What is the biggest challenge facing the state?
Paul Flint: “In a broad sense, our biggest challenge sugars down to whether the people of Vermont consider our state a ‘lifeboat’ or a ‘country club.’ At this point our state seems to be a ‘lifeboat’ run by a ‘country club.’”
What is the issue you’d most like to work on, and why?
Paul Flint: “The issue I would most like to work on is the economic redevelopment of the people of Barre City. I intend to focus on implementing the Barre Brain Barn (vtbbb.org) with the goal of training and support in Barre City, of entrepreneurs, artists hackers and craftspersons as opposed to developing real estate parking lots.”
What is your top criticism of the 2018 Legislature?
Paul Flint: “A legislature’s productive function is to create just and good law. Legislature should never pass laws just to demonstrate activity. Section 1 of S.94, ‘An act relating to promoting remote work’ apparently attempts to graft workforce development from the Department of Labor and onto the Department of Commerce and Community Development.
“Instead of encouraging workers application for government cash, we should, through tax incentives, be encouraging employers to allow more remote work for existing citizens.
“The good news is that section 5 of S.94 may positively contribute to the development of the Barre Brain Barn project. Finally, there appears to be a lot of unrelated stuff tacked on the end of this bill, which I consider a bad legislative practice.”
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