David L. Deen

Mrowicki: An experienced legislator in a two-person district needs your vote

I had the distinct honor to serve with Michael Mrowicki as his district mate in the Windham-4 district for 10 years. In that time, I learned that he works hard, is imaginative in response to difficult situations, and that he earned the respect of the members of all three of the political parties in the House - Republican, Democratic, and Progressive - because of his fair and thoughtful deliberations about issues.

In the upcoming Aug. 11 primary, Michael faces one of the unique awkward realities about a two-member House district. Whenever there is an open seat, there is an open primary if more than two people are running for the nomination of their party in order to be on the ballot in November.

And as such, the top two vote-getters are the nominees for the party. A sitting House member seeking reelection has no inherent claim to one of the seats.

In my three decades of elections, I faced a few primaries in the same situation as Michael now faces, and in all of those races those candidates running for one of the two seats assured me they were not running against me - all well and good in terms of their intentions, but that is not how it works. The top two vote getters are the nominees: it matters not a whit whom someone claims to be running against.

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For such an engaged and public-spirited state, why does Windham County lag in its census response?

The census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, has been conducted nationwide every 10 years since 1790. The 2020 Census started April 1. At seven weeks into the survey, Windham County showed the second-lowest county response rate in the whole state with a return rate of only 35 percent as...

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Stormwater control and prevention: a good investment in Vermont’s future

My apologies to the Times Argus, a newspaper I usually find informative and knowledgeable, but they have been duped by someone into taking a public stance in an editorial that is misleading and unfortunately trashes program protections for our rivers and lakes from stormwater pollution. Other papers have now...

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White, Mrowicki earn votes from outgoing representative

As primary season comes to a close, I want to urge everyone to get out and vote for Jeanette White on or before Tuesday, Aug. 14. I have had the opportunity to watch her up close in her Senate work, as I have been in the House for her entire tenure as senator. She has served us well. She exercises leadership in the Senate through her role as chair of the Senate Committee on Government Operations - or, as she...

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