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We are formed by our families, education, and life experiences. What I now value and believe comes from that past and what I continue to learn.

I appreciate nature and its creatures and love the outdoors. That was formed by growing up on the outskirts of the tiny town of Veazie, Maine, spending a lot of time in the fields and woods behind our house. Nature cannot manage so well on her own with our meddling, and that is why we must do what we can to preserve and protect what we have.

Labor issues are important to me. I grew up in a working-class family. My father was a sheet metal worker and dedicated union member. When I was a classroom teacher, I was a strong union supporter then and remain so.

I’m the sole proprietor of my own business and appreciate the challenges small business face.

TommyWalzGovShumlinLeslieLeslie and I lived in Germany for 5 ½ years. We worked and lived on the German economy, arriving in that country with one young daughter. Our second daughter was born there. We traveled throughout Western Europe, and I also lived and worked in Italy for six months. I studied for four semesters at a German university. We have direct experience with European customs and ways of life, and that has helped form our opinions on healthcare and higher education. We know that neither one has to be a crushing financial burden. There are other ways.

I support our veterans. Our treatment of them has often been shameful.

During my 14 years as an administrator in the Barre Supervisory Union, I had control of a sizable budget. I am mindful that we need to be judicious in spending tax dollars. Both then and in my current role as a school board member, I want to make sure the taxpayers are getting full value for their money and that it is well spent.

Leslie and I have been homeowners for about 30 years. We know about the pain of paying property taxes. Vermonters have a heavy property tax burden; we need to look at basic tax reform.

It is an honor to be able to represent Barre City in the Vermont Legislature.

We are formed by our families, education, and life experiences. What I now value and believe comes from that past and what  I continue to learn.

I appreciate nature and its creatures and love the outdoors. That was formed by growing up on the outskirts of the tiny town of Veazie, Maine, spending a lot of time in the fields and woods behind our house. Nature cannot manage so well on her with our meddling, and that is why we must do what we can to preserve and protect what we have.

Labor issues are important to me. I grew up in a working-class family. My father was a sheet metal worker and dedicated union member.  When I was a classroom teacher, I also was a strong union supporter and remain so.

I’m also the sole proprietor of my own business and appreciate the challenges small business face.

Leslie and I lived in Germany for 5 ½ years. We worked and lived on the German economy, arriving in that country with one young daughter. Our second daughter was born there. We traveled throughout Western Europe, and I also lived and worked in Italy for six months. We have direct experience with European customs and ways of life, and that has helped form our opinions on healthcare and higher education. We know that neither one has to be a crushing financial burden. There are other ways.

During my 14 years as an administrator in the Barre Supervisory Union, I had control of a sizable budget. I am mindful that we need to be judicious in spending tax dollars. Both then and in my current role as a legislator, I want to make sure the taxpayers are getting full value for their money and that it is well spent.

Leslie and I have been homeowners for about 30 years. We currently own our house on Camp St. and a camp in Alburgh. We know about the pain of paying property taxes. Vermonters have a heavy property tax burden; we need to look at basic tax reform.

In April 2014, Governor Shumlin appointed me to fill the vacancy created when Tess Taylor resigned from the legislature. I won the seat in Nov. 2104 and am running now  to retain that seat and to continue serving the citizens of Barre City.