Letter, Opinion

Rep. Jim Harrison introduces himself to Rutland-Windsor-1

Scott appoints new representative for Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon

Dear Editor,

Job Tate, who has served as our state representative in Montpelier for the past few years, has resigned due to a pending overseas deployment as part of his naval reserve in service to our country. I want to thank Job Tate for his dedicated service to our communities and the Rutland-Windsor-1 legislative district. I also want to thank his wife Lisa and their two young boys for sharing him with us these past few years and the various sacrifices a legislative family makes.

I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Phil Scott to succeed Job Tate as our district’s state representative. The governor made the appointment on April 11, just days after Job’s resignation took effect, so that our district would have uninterrupted representation in the critical final weeks of the legislative session. I plan to serve the district for the remainder of Job’s term through 2018 and with your support, will be a candidate for election as a republican to a new term next fall.

By way of introduction and background, I stepped down as president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association at the end of December after over 29 years of serving the state’s retail and grocery community. That experience not only afforded me the opportunity to visit with many of our state’s retail shops, including the country stores in our district, but also allowed me to participate in our legislative process at the State House. Additionally, this past year, I began working part-time at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington.

Pat and I have lived in Chittenden since 2006. Prior to that we lived in Rutland Town. We have two adult children (Ben and Robin) and are the proud grandparents of two young boys, Luke and Graham.

In closing, I look forward to working with members of our four communities to improve Vermont’s economy and provide more opportunities to our residents to succeed.

Please feel free to contact me by email: [email protected] or by cell: 802-236-300 or by mail: 75 Lazy Acres Rd., North Chittenden, VT 05763. Messages may also be left at the State House  at 802-828-2228.

Rep. Jim Harrison, Chittenden

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