Lauzon supports Wilton
Itís my pleasure to write in support of Wendy Wilton for Vermont treasurer and offer my unqualified endorsement.
Prior to Wendyís announcement to run for Vermont Treasurer, I had not had the pleasure of meeting her. I had, however, heard about her often from Mayor Chris Louras of Rutland. With only eight mayors in Vermont, we tend to speak and correspond often in order to collaborate on issues that are common to our communities. Since 2007, Iíve had many conversations with Mayor Louras during which he cited Wendyís incredible work ethic and ability to identify and solve complex problems. Working closely with the mayorís office, Wendy led the financial side of a team that turned Rutlandís $5 million deficit into a $3.8 million fund balance. That, in and of itself, is an impressive record of accomplishment.
Since Wendy announced her candidacy in May of this year, Iíve had many opportunities to speak with her in detail about the challenges that will face Vermontís next treasurer. Wendyís understanding of those challenges is as impressive as the job sheís done in Rutland. Wendy understands the importance of maintaining Vermontís bond rating, projecting transparency in government, making complex financial issues understandable to everyone and most importantly, developing a plan to retire Vermontís $3 billion unfunded pension obligation. She is driven, sincere and ready to lead.
While the importance of the Vermontís treasurer is often understated outside of Montpelier, it couldnít be more important to each and every Vermonter. Our treasurer is charged with identifying and solving Vermontís most complex financial issues. Our treasurer represents Vermont in the worldís financial markets. Most importantly, our treasurer is charged with providing objective, accurate information from which the administration and legislature make decisions that will shape Vermontís financial future for decades. Wendy Wilton has a proven record in this regard.
I hope youíll join me on Nov. 6 in supporting her as Vermontís next treasurer.
Mayor Thomas J. Lauzon
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