On The Issues

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For those of you who may not have learned the outcome of my Senate race…we lost. Although I received 8,233 votes according to the unofficial tally on the elections page of the Vermont secretary of state, www.sec.state.vt.us/elections, that was approximately 5,000 votes short of what it would have taken to be among the top three. After all the work, it was disappointing not to have finished higher.


I want to thank all my supporters who put out lawn signs, contributed financially, handed out campaign literature, participated in sign waves, offered campaign advice, and helped in other innumerable ways. It was certainly more fun to have your help in this endeavor, even if the results were not as good as I hoped.


Three people in particular I want to thank: my son Nick and his film crew, for the wonderful and unique video; Judi Wernecke, for serving as the treasurer of the campaign; and my wife Wibs, for her advice, assistance and incredible stamina.


People asked throughout the campaign as to how it was going. I said honestly I had no idea. Local races do not have the benefit of polls. As this was a short 2 1/2 month campaign, I had to rely largely on advertising – online, in newsprint and on radio. I had good reactions to the radio ads. We did some target mailings but no every-voter postcards or letters, and this might have been a mistake.


I was pleased, as were my friends and supporters, with the issues I articulated. The summation on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fitzuvts,  posted a few days before the election was an accurate view of me and my positions on the issues. I think in that regard I was more forthright than any other Senate candidate, though in defense of incumbents, their positions are pretty well known by now.


The bottom line, I guess, is that it is very hard to enter elective office late in life, after a career in the private sector, particularly as a Republican in a very Democratic county and state. (In case you didn’t know, Vermont was the first state to be called for Clinton in the Presidential election, and although we elected a centrist Republican as governor, the legislature became more Democratic/Progressive.)


Needless to say, I am pleased that Phil Scott was elected governor of our state and I hope that despite the Democratic/Progressive majority in the legislature, he will be successful in carrying out an agenda very much like the one I ran on.


November 11, 2016


On the issues    

Peopleask me all the time: what is your position on [fill in the blank]. It’s a fair question, and I’ll try to provide my answers to some of Vermont’s and Washington County’s hot button issues, BUT with two BIG caveats.

First, these are my positions NOW. I may change my position if upon learning new facts I think I should. This I think is particularly relevant to a person like me running for state office for the first time. There is a tremendous amount about the state and its operations that I do not know. Obviously the closer the issue touches upon my experience the less likely I am to change how I feel about it.

Second, the legislative process entails compromise. It is unusual to get everything you want. So sometimes, if elected, I may need to vote for something I don't like to get something I do, or to improve a bad bill.