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Hoffer’s numbers add up

The writer is one of two representatives to the Vermont House, serving the Windham-4 district.

Doug Hoffer’s candidacy for State Auditor offers Vermonters a unique opportunity to vote for a numbers guy who understands the policy and the people behind government spending.

From his days working with Senator Bernie Sanders (then mayor of Burlington) to the present, Doug certainly understands accountability regarding government spending.

Numbers need to add up and represent the work that government funding intended it for. Doug also understands the real people behind the need for that spending and how it has to fit together for Vermont to be the great forward-thinking state it is.

Admittedly, Doug is not a slick-talking career politician, so don’t expect a song and dance about his approach to government accountability, or his values.

Doug has the same sense of social justice important to so many of us here. To know the values he shares that will inform his decision making, look at his support for civil unions, marriage equality, and health reform.

All these positions stand in contrast to those of his opponent. (If you want to see a real political song and dance, ask his opponent about chairing Mitt Romney’s campaign in the Vermont primary.)

For a further look at his opponent’s record, look at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) legislative scorecard, which scored him at only 30 percent on the top-ten issues important to so many of us in Vermont.

The state auditor’s office needs a no-nonsense numbers guy like Doug Hoffer, and I ask you to join me in voting for him.

Mike Mrowicki

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Originally published in The Commons issue #175 (Wednesday, October 24, 2012).

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