I would like to announce that I am running for reelection for State Representative for the Orleans-Caledonia district which is made up of the towns of Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Glover, Sheffield and Wheelock. I have served in this role for the last six years, spending four years on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee and the last two years on the Ways And Means Committee. I also spent four years as a board member of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and currently serve as the Vermont member on the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board.
I am a lifelong resident of the area and with family roots going back several generations. I love our little corner of the Northeast Kingdom and strive to do my best to represent us and our interests. I have long fought for increased broadband access for the unserved areas of Vermont of which several pockets still remain in our remote rural area. This year I helped get a bill through the House that would have provided 8M to these unserved areas but in the end was unable to get any action from the Senate. While on the Ways and Means committee I have also worked to protect the Current Use program which supports the farming and forestry on which this area depends.
While I am the lone Democrat in the House from Orleans County I have no problem being at odds with my party over such things as energy siting or Act 46. At the same time I am supportive of the social progress that has been made because of the leadership of Vermont Democrats. This year for instance we advanced a minimum standard for paid sick leave that will help struggling families. We also expanded access to long term contraception for Medicaid recipients that will not only prevent unwanted pregnancies but also reduce expense to the state.
There will be an unprecedented change in leadership our state government this year and I look forward to being involved in helping pick the new speaker and leadership of the House and to continue to work on your behalf. I ask for your support in this endeavor.
Rep. Sam Young