The Readers Write

Schiavone thanks Shelburne, St. George

Most of us know how welcoming Vermonters can be, but the first prize must go to the people of Shelburne and St. George. Thank you for actively taking part in our democratic process…and congratulations to Joan Lenes.

We face some severe financial challenges and all of us need to stay involved and work together to make the tough decisions to keep our economy afloat.

It was a pleasure to talk to so many of you and I look forward to continue to find opportunities serve this great State.

George Schiavone, Shelburne


Fox thanks community for re-election

I would like to thank the citizens of Shelburne for their support of me as one of the senators representing Chittenden County. This was a good race, with a slate of excellent choices, and I feel honored to be re-elected.

I pledge to be accessible and responsive to your concerns, and I hope that you will feel free to contact me with any concerns or issues you have with state government.

Sally Fox, South Burlington


Ashe thanks supporters

I want to sincerely thank the people of Shelburne for your support in the recent election. Since my first election to the Senate four years ago, I have done my best to represent each Chittenden County community with the same enthusiasm and attention as my own hometown. I will continue to try to keep you up-to-date on the Senate with updates in the Shelburne News and in direct calls and emails with you. Please stay in touch and thanks again.

Tim Ashe, State Senator Chittenden County


The Presidential Election is over

I wish to express a personal and sincere thank you to my staff Lisa Mann, Sue Moraska, and Shannon Moffat who worked diligently for weeks registering people and helping out with early voting in addition to their usual tasks.  Also many of the staff from other departments in the town offices assisted us and I thank them as well.

Thank you to those who volunteered to go with me or my staff to Wake Robin, Shelburne Bay Living, and the Terraces for early voting.  A special thank you to all the people who volunteered as officials for Election Day and who cared enough to come to the pre-election workshop so Election Day would run smoothly.  A special thanks to Ruth Morrow, Bud Ockert, Tom Bessette, Carlos Blakely, and Jackie Marlow who stayed after the polls were closed to help with final tallies and securing the ballots.

Many thanks to the highway crew;  Paul Goodrich, Victor Raymond, Rob Lebeau, and  Lee Coleman  who helped set up and tear down election booths and equipment before and after the election and Bob Wooster who helped with supplies.  I also want to thank Peter Frankenburg who set up the ballot template and helped with our final tallies and BCA members who counted write-in ballots on election night.

We were able to collect over $1,200 for the Shelburne Food Shelf as well as several large boxes of food.  Many thanks to all who donated.

I am proud to say that 91 percent of Shelburne’s registered voters went to the polls to cast their ballots.  We also had 2,296 early voters (46 percent of the checklist) which set a record.

David Southworth from the community school directed “kids voting” in the activity room and it was gratifying to see so many students voting and taking an interest in the process.

The voter registration process in Vermont is far from perfect.  Vermont town clerks have legitimate concerns about motor vehicle voter registrations in addition to residency concerns.  I along with other town clerks are becoming increasingly concerned about the integrity of the voting process and the misinformation of the electorate about their rights in the voting process.   We hope to work with the Secretary of State’s office to make known our concerns and the challenges we face in future elections.

After presiding over seven presidential elections I am still in awe of our democratic process.  What a privilege we have in this country to voice our opinion and cast our ballot without fear of reprisal or retaliation.  We must never forget how important our single vote is.

Colleen Haag, Shelburne Town Clerk

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