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Moore: energy to work for you along with a long history of dedication toward common goals
Moore: commitment to and effectiveness in public service
Moore: leadership by serving others has its foundation in a sincere desire to listen and understand
Moore: dedication to building consensus among real-life Vermonters and finding ways to strengthen the economy and preserve the Vermont landscape without endangering local traditions
Moore: experience with long-term problem-solving involving multiple stakeholders requiring considerate evaluation of all positions and all possibilities.
Moore: eagerness to meet local needs by taking advantage of opportunities, technological advances in renewable energy, the implementation of broadband communication to all of Washington County and the constant desire to improve Vermont's educational standing
Support Laura Moore
I've known Laura Moore for years in her role as a school board member for Barre Town and the Barre Supervisory Union. In that role she has had to deal with troublesome budgets, labor relations, personnel issues, and managing physical plants, on top of striving to provide the best education for our local youth.
Vote for Laura Moore
I am strongly supporting Laura Moore for state senate representing Washington County. because after many conversations with her, I feel that she filters politics through a valuable personal perspective. She was influenced by parents who were active in issues of social justice. Yet Laura takes a realistic and financially practical approach to these matters balancing the opportunity, obligation and burden of taxes. She is honest, hard-working, and thoroughly devoted to the causes to which she commits. I admire Laura because she maintains modesty while working with confidence and fierce attention on important issues of our day: Vermont Yankee, health cost reform, water purity and education.
Laura is a Democrat, faithfully attending local meetings and caucuses, holding firm to her belief in a woman’s right to choose, environmental responsibility, public health and education. Yet, she also listens to and engages Republicans in debate and even manages to have many as friends. In politics that is a rare and much-needed attribute. I have seen editorials questioning Laura’s loyalty to her principles and party, and yet I see no one holding other candidates equally accountable. Laura hopes to earn your vote, not by shenanigans and subterfuge, but by engaging in the issues that you find most concerning. I recently attended an event in which the concerns of the Montpelier K-12 educational system were discussed. I witnessed Laura diving into these concerns: asking questions, making notes and recording names of people from whom she can learn more. As a school board member at Barre Town and chairwoman of Supervisory Union 61, Laura will bring analysis and focus to solve parental and tax payer concerns while always putting our future and that of our children at the forefront. I have worked on many committees with Laura Moore at Barre Town School and have been amazed at how prepared she always is for meetings; often referring to a pile of papers that contain data and information she has studied the night before. Her insights lead to solutions.
We need a state senator from Washington County who can think and stand sturdy upon the principles she holds dear. Laura Moore will work on developing laws and policy that balance taxes, promotes good business in our state while allowing us to lead healthful, enriched and safe lives.
We need a senator who shuts no one out, who is active, connected and resourceful . We need a senator who can also function calmly and constructively in committee, where compromises are essential to progress. Laura Moore will be that senator for us.
I encourage you to visit her website, Moore4vt.com, to learn about Laura’s positions and to e-mail her comments so she can learn about yours. By Aug. 24, please join me in requesting a Democratic ballot to vote for Laura Moore.
—Patty Meriam, Barre
Moore Deserves a Closer Look
To those people who want to judge Democratic candidate for Vermont Senate Laura Moore only on her attending Brian Dubie’s events, I urge you to take a second look. Don’t cut yourself short by ignoring her abilities. Laura Moore is a candidate with strong Democratic values, who has an impressive background both professionally and with regard to community service. She has served three terms on the Barre Town School Board and as chairwoman of the supervisory board, so she has a working knowledge of how to improve education. She works as an environmental scientist and has the experience to deal with complex environmental and energy issues. She supports gay marriage and single-payer health care. She deals with issues by gathering facts, listening to as many views as possible and forming reasoned, creative solutions. She’s smart, experienced, energetic and savvy. Her qualifications would make her a great asset anywhere, especially in the Vermont Senate.
—Willie Docto, Duxbury
Green Mountain Central Labor Council Endorsement
I am pleased to inform you that your primary candidacy for State Senate from Washington County has been endorsed by the Green Mountain Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO) representing approximately 1000 union members and their families in central Vermont.
We will be informing our members of this endorsement and also encouraging "early voting".
For purposes of your own publicity , please use the full name of our organization so that it is not confused with the Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO (the state wide organization).
If you are successful, you will be receiving another survey prior to the November general election.
— Good luck!
Moore is more for region
Central Vermont voters who really care who represents them in the Vermont state Senate and voters who say they want “change” should vote enthusiastically for Laura Moore of Barre Town.
Employed as an independent environmental consultant with worldwide experience, she is an expert in her field.
Laura is also the mother of daughters, age 10 and 13. Widely respected for her work on education matters, she serves on the Barre Town School Board, and is in her 4th year as Chairwoman of the Barre Supervisory Union Board.
She is well versed in dealing with budgets, and solving the day to day problems of providing a quality education for our young people.
She will bring refreshing real world knowledge of what it’s like to be part of policy management at the local education level to the Senate: Something badly needed.
When Laura is elected, she will be a great champion for all working families. She cares about the elderly, the young and understands Vermonters’ fear of the recession that is causing Vermonters so much hardship.
So friends vote “change,” vote Laura Moore for the Vermont State Senate.
— Thomas C. Davis
Senate forum has wide range of views
Mel Huff / Times Argus Staff
WATERBURY – Seven of Washington County's eight candidates for the Vermont Senate voiced support Thursday for proposals that ranged from abolishing school sports to drilling for natural gas in the Upper Champlain Valley.
The candidates' forum sponsored by the American Legion Post 59 provided voters an opportunity to hear from Democrats, Republicans and a Progressive running for Washington County's three senate seats. The Libertarian candidate, Slim Duke of Marshfield, did not attend.
The subject of how to save tax money and what to spend it on in the present economic turndown produced some agreement and a wealth of ideas.
There was agreement that the legislature should avoid wholesale cutting of programs. Rather, the candidates said, programs should be scrutinized for economies. They also agreed that it was crucial not to lose sight of protecting the most vulnerable Vermonters in the budget-cutting process.
Democrat Ann Cummings, chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, said she was not willing to cut essential services to families, the disabled and the elderly. She also opposed cuts to public safety.
Progressive John Bloch of Worcester noted that stretching a budget in tough times is about more than cutting services. He suggested looking at recouping $75 million in money that he said the state is not collecting, starting with closing a $21 million capital gains loophole. Bloch would also eliminate incentives given to companies like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to generate jobs. "They are going to generate those jobs on their own; they're a very well-run company," he observed.
Bloch would increase state revenues by taxing "very high-end services that go tax-free. We have working folks paying a huge tax, and we're letting things like architectural engineering, legal services, special design services and management consulting go Scott free." A 6 percent sales tax on those services would raise $75 million, he said.
Kimberly Cheney of Middlesex, a former Vermont Attorney General, identified health care as "an opportunity for huge savings in this state. If we revise health care and go on to a single-payer system, the promise of all other countries that do it is you get better health care for half the cost. We spend about $4 billion on health care. Think what it would do if we put $2 billion back into Vermonters' pockets."
Republican Bill Doyle suggested cuts in government itself, specifically, limiting the length of the legislative session. Reducing it by one week would save $750,000 dollars over the course of the biennium, he said. He also urged further cuts to government travel. "Teleconferencing saves time, fuel and money," he said. He would, however, continue the recently convened workshops in food, fuel and transportation. "They have really energized local government," he observed.
Laura Day Moore, a Democrat from Barre making her first run for the Vermont Senate, would target money to education, infrastructure – from bridges to broadband – and alternative energy development. All contribute to a productive economy, she argued.
"Closing roads and bridges is absolutely devastating for local economies," Moore observed, while bringing broadband access to every Vermonter is an investment that will create "huge" possibilities for economic development. Likewise, alternative energy development not only offers opportunities for cost savings, but also offers us opportunities to build a whole new industry around green technology.
How to ensure Vermont's energy future produced some of the most divergent ideas.
John Gilligan, a Republican from Barre, said he would support the extension of Vermont Yankee's license and would also look into a little-known subject: "A second Vermont Yankee was licensed with the first Vermont Yankee. I would urge we commence construction with all possible speed and we get a second nuclear plant on line." He also urged drilling for shale oil in the Champlain Valley, and looking at everything else, "be it wind, water, solar – everything's on the table."
Of energy, GOP incumbent Phil Scott of Montpelier said, "Our number one goal should be independence." He said he would support relicensing Vermont Yankee, "if it is proved safe." And, he added, "Keeping in mind what I feel is our number one I support wind, whether it's on our ridgelines or in the middle of Lake Champlain. We could even put one in the capital – there's quite a bit of wind there," he quipped. We should use everything we can, he said, adding, "We need to figure out how to take care of ourselves again, because we're not doing a very good job right now."
How to contain the cost of education produced widely divergent ideas.
Bloch suggested getting rid of middle management – superintendents – and school sports teams to free educational resources. He would copy the European model of having sports teams sponsored by the community, rather than by district schools, he said.
Cummings said, "I understand the pain of property taxes, I understand that they are difficult for many people to pay, but I also think that Act 60 has gone a long way in tying those to your ability to pay. I'd like to see us be able to put more non-property-tax money into that fund so that reliance on the property tax could be lessened. I think education is an essential investment: Our economy will just fizzle if we do not have a well-educated work force."
She noted that there's a crisis in education in Vermont and attributed that to a system of many small schools that was created "when it was not feasible for children to travel more than 15 miles." Those schools are the center community activity, but because of declining enrollment, the per pupil cost of small schools is soaring. "But I think we need to talk about how are we going to structure our communities and keep that community focus on our schools," she said.
If they win this year's race, what would they like to be able to tell their constituents two years from now?
Bloch would like to give his constituents "a health care system that shan't bankrupt them. When we have a universal health system and ubiquitous telecommunications," he said, "You'll have to have police on the ramps off the Interstate to stop the surge of people that want to be here and run their businesses."
Moore has needed energy
Laura Moore, candidate for state senator from Washington County, has caught my attention with her energy and dedication.
Her experience in environmental issues, combined with her well-grounded, practical experience as a working mother and Chairwoman of the Barre Supervisory Union School Board, have prepared her to deal with the difficult issues that will face the senate this year in a realistic and responsible way.
Economic development, education funding, health care, clean, safe, and reliable energy, the environment - all are critical to making this state both affordable and livable for Vermonters.
Laura will be a valuable addition to the state Senate as they work on these challenges, and will work to bring a new and creative perspective to Montpelier. We can do better than relive the past. We must.
Laura Moore is ready to join Ann Cummings in the Senate, to work toward a better future. I urge my neighbors and friends to vote for healthy, energetic change, in this year of change and hope.
— Carolyn G. Stevens, Northfield
Let's elect Laura Moore
The purpose of this letter is to enthusiastically support the candidacy of Laura Moore in her quest to become a member of the Vermont Senate.
In my view, Laura will bring to the Senate an abundance of skills and strengths that will serve Vermonters well, as together we seek short- and long-term solutions to particularly complex issues and problems. If such matters, both solvable and questionably solvable, are to be brought to positive resolution, we will need the best thinking of any number of very bright, well-informed, dedicated individuals and groups whose sole purpose is the common good for the citizens of Vermont.
On this first day of fall, such issues as state transportation infrastructure, feeding our fellow Vermonters who do or will need our assistance, causing our state to take a major leadership role in the unraveling of alternative forms of energy, heating the homes of those who will surely be cold this winter, and more, all come to mind as being in great need of our best efforts. And, if these were not enough, there is the need for planning for the aging of our Vermont citizenry, the deterioration of water quality in our streams and in our native "great lake," and more.
Laura Moore is a very clear thinker. She listens well. She assimilates what she hears. Laura uses sources of information that others might not consider as her informed interests are many and varied. Laura has seemingly unending energy. Laura works well in groups and she also lead groups well. She is positive and upbeat. Laura is really a collection of the right combination of energy, people skills, capabilities, and interests that we Vermonters need in positions of leadership at this particular time. It is a pleasure to support her.
— Ted Riggen, Montpelier
Next time, just ask Laura
Norma Malone suggests a dark motive for Laura Moore's run for State Senate. She suggests her funding comes from "outsiders" seeking influence. In fact, it comes from friends, family, neighbors and associates from the places where Laura has lived and worked, including Indiana, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Vermont — people who are inspired and encouraged by Laura's commitment.
Ask Laura, rather than accuse, and you will find her political interests were ignited by her father, a preacher, who marched with Martin Luther King, and by whose side Laura listened and participated as a little girl. At a very young age Laura saw that politics and change could happen honorably.
My knowledge of Laura's motives have grown from the first time she knocked on my door asking for a vote, to working with her on school committees, to a valued friendship filled with long discussions about politics, education, healthcare, and the environment. Laura believes rather than attacking each other we should attack the problems facing our County and our state. On the school board Laura has shown fiscal responsibility and an ability to work with others to solve problems. Laura knows that we have tough economic issues before us as we work to maintain our roads and bridges, improve our schools, and build an energy future beginning right here in Washington County. She is a consensus builder, strong, intelligent and focused. She is open and honest and willing to listen as well as explain her positions. Her motives are selfless. My husband and I are grateful for a friend who cares about these issues and is willing to devote her time and efforts to do something about it.
To Norma Malone and others who might question Laura's motives: next time, just ask Laura.
— Patricia L. Meriam, Barre Town
Supports Moore for Senate
I am writing to endorse Laura Moore for Vermont State Senate to represent Washington County. Laura is worthy of our support and our vote.
Vermonters are facing tremendous challenges and problems. We desperately need new energy and new ideas. Those of us who live in Barre City and Barre Town have watched Laura lead the Barre Supervisory Union Board with clear purpose and commitment to move our schools forward. Laura listens to all voices, builds consensus, proposes solutions and ensures progress is achieved. We need her problem-solving skills and leadership abilities in the Vermont State Senate.
It is important for every Vermonter to vote on Nov. 4. We must acquaint ourselves with the issues, and familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and make a clear, informed decision about whom we want to represent us in Montpelier.
I urge you to vote for Laura Moore on Election Day. She will serve us well in the Vermont State Senate.
— Leslie Walz, Barre
Moore offers energy, wise solutions
Laura Moore is running for state senator from Washington County. I recently spoke to Laura; her intelligence, ability, drive and ideas for Vermont's future impressed me.
Laura is an environmental scientist. Her experience and training taught her that long-term problems need long-term solutions; it's reckless to put off fixing Vermont's problems until the last minute.
Laura knows that Washington County's roads and bridges need repairs now, before they become unsafe. Laura knows we need to protect our environment now, not clean up after our land and water becomes polluted.
Laura knows we must provide a sound education for all children, so they qualify for 21st century jobs in Vermont. And we must protect our children from drug dealers and others who would hurt them. Laura's work on the Barre Town School Board and the Barre Supervisory Union shows her willingness to work hard for our kids' futures.
Global and national problems with energy, the environment, housing, education and health care didn't start in Washington County or Vermont, but still affect us all. We need a leader like Laura Moore to help us keep Washington County and the rest of Vermont a great place to live, work and raise a family. Please join me in voting for Laura Moore for Washington County State Senator on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
— Peter Dannenberg, Cabot
Elect Laura Moore for senator
I am writing as a concerned citizen about the future of our children and our schools. I have worked as a teacher at the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School for 22 years. I understand how important it is for every child in our community to have access to the best possible education that we can provide. Our children hold the future of our society firmly in their hands – their educational opportunity is critical to all of us.
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Laura Moore over the last several years, initially as the teacher of her children. More recently, she has been a member of our school board. She well understands the issues and challenges associated with operating a public school and she works very hard to be a successful mother and an effective leader on our school board. We need leaders in the Legislature who understand how deeply important it is that we make a thoughtful and serious commitment to our future. Our children are the future. Laura has a deep understanding of that commitment and lives it every day of her life.
We need new energy and new ideas in the state senate. Laura Moore will provide her youth, energy, ideas and leadership in Montpelier on behalf of us all. She works diligently and takes very seriously her commitments to our community. I have worked closely with Laura for many years and have watched her introduce new creative and innovative ideas, build consensus and implement solutions.
I enthusiastically endorse Laura Moore for the Vermont State Senate. I encourage your readers to support Laura and elect her on Nov. 4.
— Susan Barnard, Northfield
Moore for state Senate
In April of this year I met Laura Moore, a resident of Barre Town and candidate for the Vermont State Senate. I was immediately impressed with her, so much so that I agreed to serve as the treasurer of her campaign. Laura is a rare commodity in politics these days. She cares. She cares about working families and their children and whether or not those children will get the world-class education that they deserve. She cares about the elderly and whether or not they will be able to pay their heating bills this winter. She cares about our county's crumbling infrastructure and wonders which bridge is going to be closed next. She worries that we all pay too much of our incomes in taxes. Laura is energetic and creative. The mother of two young children in the public schools, she understands the pressures and problems that face us all. She wants to serve in Montpelier and have the opportunity to shake things up and to effect the kind of change that we need.
I have been involved in Vermont politics for most of my adult life. I served as the director of Sen. Patrick Leahy's Vermont offices for many years. I've held positions in Montpelier during the administrations of Governor's Hoff, Davis, and Salmon. I'm writing this letter because I believe Laura Moore is a uniquely qualified for the job. If you care about the many challenges facing all of us, join with me in supporting Laura Moore for the Vermont State Senate. She'll make a great State Senator for Washington County!
— Thomas C. Davis, Barre
Supports Moore for state Senate
I am writing to enthusiastically endorse Laura Moore for state senator, and to urge you to support and vote for her this November.
In these troubled times we need new blood, new ideas, and new energy to lead us through bad economic times without neglecting or tearing apart the wonderful natural environment we have all worked so hard to protect.
Laura understands all sides of these complex issues. I have known her for almost 20 years, as a thoroughly trained and effective professional person, as a mother to her daughters, and as a family friend. I have worked with Laura for years as she assesses complex problems, works with diverse groups to find the best solutions and then works tirelessly to make them happen. I have also watched Laura in her role as a dedicated mother, and in her kind and constructive support for all of her friends, colleagues, neighbors, associates and fellow citizens. She will listen to you carefully, and work effectively to help solve your problems.
I was Commissioner of Water Resources and Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources under three governors. I have worked for years with the Legislature as we walked the rocky road of initiating awareness, laws, and support for Vermont's environment. Laura will work well and effectively in that legislative boiler room, and will put politics aside to achieve the very best solution for everyone.
I recommend Laura Moore to you without any reservations whatsoever, and urge you to vote for her for Washington County Senator.
— Martin Johnson, Marshfield
Three Alumni Members of Thomas Carr High School Running for State Offices
Indianapolis IN - In Indiana and Vermont Richard Wood ('70), John Barnes ('75) and Laura (Day) Moore ('82) are running for state-level offices. Richard Wood is the slated democratic candidate for State Superintendent of Instruction in Indiana, while John Barnes is running for State Representative for district #89 in Indiana. Laura Moore is running for the Vermont State Senate.
PRESS RELEASE: LAURA DAY MOORE CANDIDATE FOR THE VERMONT STATE SENATE WASHINGTON DISTRICT
June 9, 2008 — Laura Moore announced today that she will run as a Democrat to represent Washington County in the Vermont State Senate. Moore of Barre Town has been a resident of Washington County for 13 years. She is in her second term as a member of the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School Board of Directors. Moore also serves as the chair of the Barre Supervisory Union. An environmental scientist with training in geology and hydrogeology, Moore brings a focus on facts, evidence and reason to her approach to public service.
“I am interested in solving problems and obtaining the best result for our communities and citizens. Our state is currently facing enormous challenges. Fortunately, Vermont has a tradition of succeeding where other states fail due in large part to our commitment to bipartisanship. I intend to carry on that commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to our common challenges.”
Moore also announced that Tom Davis will serve as the Treasurer of her campaign. Davis of Barre Town is a long-time political strategist and organizer who served as State Director for US Senator Patrick Leahy for many years.
“Laura is smart, articulate and enthusiastic about what she can do for Washington County and Vermont. She also has the energy to get it done”, Davis said.
The current superintendent of the Barre Supervisory Union, Gail Conley, has worked closely with Laura for a year.
Conley said, “Laura has provided consistent, thoughtful leadership. She is able to listen to concerns and divergent opinions and find common threads to help people move forward. Laura has the skill and patience to bring various board perspectives, teacher and staff perspectives, and budget realities together for the benefit of our students in a creative and productive way.”
Moore is passionate about educational and environmental issues. “My priority in Montpelier will be to ensure that our children receive a world-class education and that Vermont is a leader in clean air and water,” Moore said. She is also deeply committed to affordable health care for all Vermonters, developing efficient alternative sources of energy, and encouraging the growth of clean industries which will help to reduce the tax burden on hard-working Vermonters.
When asked about Laura’s entry into the race, Rep. Peter Welch said, “As a mother of children in the public school system and an environmental scientist, Laura brings a unique perspective that would be a real asset to the Vermont Senate.”