Letter, Opinion

I support Molly Gray for lieutenant governor

Dear Editor,

Please join me in supporting Molly Gray to be the next lieutenant governor of Vermont! I am beyond thrilled that she is running and that she already has so much support, including the endorsement of former Gov. Madeleine Kunin.

I’ve known Gray for about 10 years, ever since she was serving as a law clerk for the federal appeals court with offices in Rutland and New York City. I was immediately impressed with her commitment to Vermont, her accomplishments, and her interest in fairness, preserving the farming community in our state, and improving the lives of the less fortunate. Because we are both lawyers, we had a number of lively conversations about the ways the government could better support farms, small businesses, and individuals and families in Rutland County and across the state. Because we both grew up on Vermont farms, we also compared notes on how our lives were similarly shaped by our connection with the land and animals — and by the hard work of farming.

In the last decade I’ve followed Molly Gray’s career from afar as she has served in humanitarian work and legal pursuits across the globe. Though I was happy to know she was thriving on an international stage, I was thrilled to hear she had chosen to come home to our great state to serve as an assistant attorney general.

Yes, Gray’s resume — Vermont farm kid, Vermont Law School, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, international legal training and humanitarian work — makes her an ideal candidate for any job requiring loads of education and intelligence, including statewide leadership at the capitol building. But more than that, her thoughtfulness, judgement and deep knowledge of our communities will make her the kind of leader that can inspire and help our state survive and thrive in the difficult months and years ahead as we navigate to a new normal. I hope you’ll join me in voting for her and supporting her campaign in every way you can. Visit at mollyforvermont.com.

Chris Larson,
Middletown Springs

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