Dozens of Former State Legislators Endorse Matt Dunne for Governor

Burlington, VT – Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor, today received endorsements from more than three dozen former state legislators, including dozens of people Matt served with during the eleven years he spent in the House and Senate. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of endorsements Matt is receiving as more and more Vermonters join in support of his candidacy for Governor. It is the first of three endorsement announcements that will be made this week, including from additional past and sitting state legislators.
“I’m honored to have the support of such a respected, experienced group of Vermonters” said Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Serving alongside these individuals was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Those 11 years inform my worldview and my campaign, and give me confidence that our progressive vision is not only a possibility, but also exactly the kind of policy Vermont needs. Together, with the backing of this esteemed group of Vermonters, we’re running a campaign to make the economy work for everyone.”
Today, Matt was endorsed by:
Former Senators:  Mary Ann Carlson from Bennington County, Matt Choate from Caledonia County, Don Collins from Franklin County, Hinda Miller from Chittenden County, and Cheryl Rivers from Windsor County.
And by Former Representatives: Sandy Baird from Burlington, Joyce Barbieri from Wallingford, Chuck Bohi from Hartford, Carol Buchdahl from Georgia, Jack Candon from Norwich, Diane Carmolli from Rutland City, Andrew Christiansen from East Montpelier, Wendell Coleman from Londonderry, Michel Consejo from Swanton, Thomas Costello from Brattleboro, Barbara Grimes from Burlington, Christopher Healy from Norwich, Steve Hingtgen from Burlington, Cheryl Hooker from Rutland City, Margaret Hummel from Underhill, Michael Klopchin from Clarendon, Alysia Krasnow Butler from Charlotte, Jerry Kreitzer from Rutland City, Doris Lingelbach from Thetford, Mary Mazzariello from Rutland City, Michael McCarthy from St. Albans, Donny Osman from Plainfield,  Mary-Ann Parizo from Essex, Kathy Pellett from Chester, Daryl Pillsbury from Brattleboro, Dexter Randall from Newport, Ann Seibert from Norwich, Ernest Shand from Weathersfield, Andrew Snyder from Pittsford, Bob Stannard from Manchester, Perry Waite from Pawlett, Linda Waite-Simpson from Essex, and Jeff Young from St. Albans.
“Matt and I co-sponsored universal healthcare legislation in the early 1990s, because we share the belief that healthcare is a human right,” said Andrew Christiansen, a former State Representative from East Montpelier. “That policy priority is as relevant today as it was back then, maybe even more so. Matt has the experience and the leadership skills to make universal healthcare a reality in Vermont, which is why I’m proud to back him for Governor.”
Mike Klopchin, a former State Representative from Clarendon, said: “I am supporting Matt because I appreciate the open and honest conversations he had with fellow legislative members in committees and on the house floor. Many of those conversations were joining me and others in fighting to support veterans when they return home from war. As a veteran myself, I appreciate his support of the vets.”
“I am thrilled to throw my support behind Matt Dunne in his campaign for Governor of Vermont. I served with Matt in the Vermont State House from 1999-2000, and was impressed from day one by his grasp of the issues and his ability to work with all the differing viewpoints and personalities in the building,” said Alysia Krasnow Butler, a former State Representative from Charlotte. “I’ve watched his career from afar and continue to be impressed by his commitment to Vermonters and the issues that are most important to them, while looking to the future for his children’s generation. I have told all of my Vermont relatives and friends to support Matt in this election. He truly is the best person to lead Vermont forward”
Charles Bohi, a former State Representative from Hartford said: “I urge Vermont voters to support Matt Dunne for governor in the Democratic primary on August 9. One of the biggest problems facing Vermont is the need for robust economic development to create jobs that will allow our young people to stay here. Because of his long years working for Google, Matt Dunne has had unique exposure to this new form of communication. He also has been ‘present at the creation’ of many technical innovations that are essential for Vermont’s continued economic growth. For that reason, I hope that Vermont voters will nominate and elect Matt Dunne to the governor’s office.”
Last month, Matt was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO, the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA), a majority of the Burlington City Council, Rights & Democracy and the Upper Valley Young Liberals.
To learn more about Matt and his progressive vision for Vermont, please visitwww.MattDunne.com

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