Dear Friends:

As you know, over the last several months I’ve contemplated how I can best serve Vermonters in the future.

After much reflection, many conversations and much encouragement, I will be a candidate for Governor in 2016.

Let me be very clear, I’ve made this decision because I believe too many families and employers are on the economic edge.For them to thrive and our state to prosper we must revitalize the fundamentals of a strong, healthy economy that expands the middle class, lifts wages, and attracts working families, entrepreneurs and new jobs.

To make Vermont more affordable I am determined to restore fiscal responsibility and sustainable spending, bring state government into the 21st century and resist legislation – from taxes to household fees and monthly bills – that will increase the costs of living in Vermont.

The experience of being a member of the minority the entire time I’ve served in the Legislature and as Lt. Governor has taught me that it’s important to consider all reasonable solutions, no matter what side of the aisle those ideas may come from. Open-mindedness is one of my values, and I’m proud to have served with others who share that core belief.

Unfortunately, commonsense cooperation among a minority of public servants hasn’t been enough to steady and steer Vermont toward greater affordability. Too many have eagerly wagered our future on outdated or unproven policies, and continued to “double down” with your money when those bets haven’t paid off. The bottom line is this: It is time for Vermont to move in a different direction, beginning with a change in the Governor’s office.

I will be a steady hand at the helm, provide balanced leadership that values listening, stand up for working families and confront our crisis of affordability in meaningful ways. Practical leadership that delivers — instead of overpromising — will rebuild faith and trust in government and move Vermont forward in very positive ways.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll file the paperwork, assemble the team, and begin to raise the resources necessary to win. You can expect a formal announcement later in the fall. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you, and learning more from you, as I continue to travel across Vermont.

Thank you for your encouragement and support.


P.S. – Please share your thoughts and ideas with me at [email protected]. I’d love to hear from you.