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Forum, Sept. 14: Alford-Teaster understands the struggle

Published: 9/13/2020 10:00:02 PM
Modified: 9/13/2020 10:00:01 PM
Alford-Teaster understands the struggle

One of the most important qualifications of elected officials is whether they’ve had personal experience with the problems they are claiming to try to fix. Jenn Alford-Teaster, who is running for New Hampshire state Senate in District 8, knows personally what it is like to struggle, to have to fight for everything in a system that doesn’t always work for everyone. This is why we can trust that she has our best interests at heart, and why we should be committed to voting for her on Nov. 3.

A lot of people are hurting right now because of the pandemic, but the truth is that a lot of people were hurting even before the novel coronavirus hit. If anything, the pandemic only magnified the gaps that exist in our communities, socially and economically. Alford-Teaster knows this because she’s lived it. She grew up on welfare and as a young adult had to choose between paying her bills and paying for food. When you listen to her speak, it’s clear that these experiences drive her opinions about what is wrong with our current system and how we should fix it. This personal experience, combined with her professional public health care expertise, make her perfectly equipped to address the problems in our communities.

We need candidates who are intelligent, well spoken, and truly committed to helping others. Alford-Teaster cares deeply about people because she understands what it is like to struggle. She wants to do everything she can to make sure that people get relief from some, if not all, of their difficulties. I hope that you will step up and vote for Jenn Alford-Teaster in November. I know that you will be glad that you did.



A consistent voice for responsive government

My name is Larry Satcowitz and I’m a candidate for state representative for the towns of Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Randolph and Roxbury.

Eighteen years ago, my wife and I bought our house Randolph. We had our first child on the way and it seemed like the right time to settle down. Over the years I’ve gotten to know this community well and I’m grateful for our good fortune in having landed in this beautiful and sane place, filled with wonderful people.

A few years back, as our kids were getting older and needing less attention, I was looking for a way to give back to this place that has given me and my family so much, and so I ran for an open seat on the Randolph Selectboard. I’m now in my second term. During that time, I’ve helped to provide leadership that has resulted in a revitalized recreation program, a revamped police force and the hiring of an economic development coordinator who has helped to bring in many hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant money to the town. I work closely with the recreation, water/wastewater, and budget committees. I chaired the ad hoc committee that studied policing in Randolph. I’ve been a consistent voice for local government that is transparent, accountable and responsive.

In general, I’m well-informed and I read widely. As a math teacher of many years, I’m practiced at explaining myself to others while taking their feedback into account, and I’m comfortable with statistical and numerical analysis. As a house builder, I’ve learned a great deal about the complexity of even modest projects and how to successfully manage them. I’m not a natural leader, but through my teaching, building and Selectboard experience. I’ve learned a lot about how to help groups work toward a common goal. I like to think of myself as practical, open-minded and fair.

Please remember that our district has two representatives, so you get two votes. I hope one of them will be for me. Return your ballot early or vote in person on Nov. 3.



Vote early, vote safely, vote blue

Vermont will be mailing ballots to every registered voter beginning Friday to help voters avoid the risks of in-person voting during the pandemic. As a former civil servant who resigned in protest of this administration’s assault on our national interest and well-being, I have been eager to cast this ballot for several years. I’m ready for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris to start our country’s recovery with economic policies that benefit every American and health care that works for all.

But this year brought into focus the critical importance of good governance at every level. We need local, state and national leaders who recognize that a strong stock market does not trickle down to benefit average Americans; that the historic fires in the West are a sign that climate change is an existential crisis now, not later; that equality can only be achieved if we face our country’s legacy of racial injustice.

I will be voting for Biden-Harris to bring these priorities to Washington, and here at home I’ll be voting for Kirk White to carry these priorities to Montpelier. White is a creative problem-solver experienced in finding opportunities for resilience and growth within the small-town character that we cherish here in Central Vermont. Facing a challenging recovery, we will need that next year more than ever. Please join me in voting early, voting safely and voting blue. I hope you’ll support Kirk White to be your state representative, too.



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