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the Candidates

Running for Office in Lamoille County

Have you ever considered running for office?  No special training or education is required to serve in the Vermont statehouse.  As a matter of fact, candidates who lead normal, relatable lives are exactly the types of people Vermont needs in Montpelier.  No Republican candidate should have to run alone.  The Lamoille County Republican Committee is here to help!  We have experience in running campaigns and we have resources available to help our candidates.  Please don't hesitate to reach out and we'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

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Richard Westman

Incumbent State Senator, Lamoille County District

Richard Westman of Cambridge, Lamoille County, Republican, was born in Burlington, Vermont, on March 13, 1959, and became a resident of Cambridge in March 1959. He was educated at the elementary school in Cambridge, Vermont, and at Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, Vermont. He graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in 1982. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 2009, serving on various committees as well as being Chair of Appropriations and Chair of Transportation. He served for four years as the Assistant Republican Leader and four years as the Republican Leader. He served as Tax Commissioner from 2009-2010. He lives with Joan Nagy. He is employed at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and oversees the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, a 529 College Saving Program. He has been a member of various nonprofit boards, including the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, Vermont Center for the Book, and the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He is presently on the Board of Copley Hospital and Vermont Electric Cooperative. He has been a member of the Senate from 2011 to present.

Email: rwestman@leg.state.vt.us

Mark Higley

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Incumbent State Representative, Orleans-Lamoille District

Mark Higley of Lowell, Orleans County, Republican, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, and became a resident of present town in 1990. He was educated at the Guilford Central School and Brattleboro Union High School. After graduation he served in the USN Seabees as a builder. In 1978 he became a self-employed general contractor and in 1980 married his wife. They have four children, two daughters and two sons. Board appointments include Solid Waste Committee and Agricultural Advisory Committee. Elected positions include two one-year terms on the Brattleboro Selectboard, 1986 & 1987, and lister in Lowell since 1994. He worked for five winters for the Town of Lowell, plowing roads and running a grader. He's a current member of the Vermont Beef Producers Association, VT Farm Bureau, and Vermont Sugar Makers Association. Member of the House: 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020.

Email: mhigley@leg.state.vt.us

James Clark

Candidate for State Representative, Lamoille-2 District

My name is James Clark and I am a native Vermonter.  My wife and I have a young family with children aged 8, 10, 12 and 13.  I’ve lived in Wolcott the majority of my life.  I love Vermont. This is a beautiful place to raise a family. We are finding, however, that the tax burden and the cost of living are making it almost impossible for families to survive, let alone flourish here.  I served in the US Army, having followed the footsteps of my Vietnam Veteran grandfather.  The reason I am running is because I’m very concerned for my wife, for my children, and for our future in this state.  As a working-class man, a parent, and a Vermonter, I identify very strongly with this rural community and the history and traditions it embodies.  I’m tired of watching out-of-touch and often-times independently wealthy professional politicians pander to lobbyists and ignore the wants and needs of their constituents.  I’m frustrated by special interest bills that don’t represent the majority of Vermonters, and overly complicated processes that lead to a lack of transparency in where our money is going, and to what end.

 

My wife and I have a small home care company and I am so concerned about taxes and the cost of living constantly going up.  The state debt is growing and I want to see small businesses like hers, and so many others, flourish and prosper, rather than struggle through Vermont’s challenging economic environment.  Montpelier needs representation of the working class, the family farms and local entrepreneurs.  I want to help find new ways to bring income and business development into the state in order to keep our youth and workforce actively employed.  I want to work toward building Vermont’s economy so that there’s a future here for my children and yours.  I strongly support 2nd Amendment rights and Vermont’s hunting and trapping traditions.  We need to curtail spending in Montpelier and the passing of bills, such as the carbon tax, that break the backs of our working families.  We need to protect our individual rights to live how we’ve always lived here in Vermont.  I look forward to serving my community as your Representative in the Vermont State House for Lamoille-2 District.

Email: Vermonter01802@gmail.com

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