This fall, I am going to cast one of my six votes for Alex R. Farrell to represent Chittenden County in the State Senate. I first met Alex when he was a student in the School of Business at UVM. During college Alex was a dedicated student with a passion for learning, and I have seen those traits carry over to his candidacy. Alex has studied the issues, articulated his positions, and has proposed common-sense solutions. Alex is determined to simplify the education funding system, find funding for Lake Champlain cleanup, empower Vermont businesses, and strive for reasonable taxation.
I am further excited to support Alex’s candidacy because he has exhibited an ability to appeal to folks across party lines, and has rejected partisan politics. I am a Democrat but I do not blindly vote along party lines. I, like so many Vermonters, vote for the person and not the party. I’ve run for office twice and I’m proud that both Republicans and Democrats endorsed my candidacy so I’m happy to do the same for Alex.
I believe it is important that we support young candidates like Alex who will bring new energy and a millennial perspective to the Vermont Senate. I’m confident Alex will work hard to make it more attractive for our college graduates to set roots down here in Vermont rather than fleeing the state towards larger employment markets. I think Alex has a perspective that will enhance the conversations on this topic in the state house.
I am confident that Alex’s business background, his deep roots in this state, and his thoughtful approach toward policy will bode well for him as a State Senator. I will be voting for Alex Farrell for State Senate on November 6th and I encourage others to do the same.
Vermont is a beautiful state with tremendous assets, including an abundance of natural resources, a vibrant lifestyle, and a deep culture rooted in the pioneer spirit that the state was founded upon. Vermonters pride themselves on individuality and community; many work hard to stay here not just for what it is now, but also for the state’s potential.
My name is Alex Farrell, and I’m running for the State Senate in Chittenden County. Growing up in Shelburne, I saw first-hand the local value of our schools and the working performance of our educators. We must acknowledge the areas in which our public schools need help as well as their excellence. My teachers at Champlain Valley Union High School shaped me and provided the stepping stones for me to build a career.
While many of my peers left Vermont to attend college elsewhere, I chose to attend the University of Vermont. It’s unfortunate so many of Vermont’s high school graduates leave the state in pursuit of other educational opportunities. Only 29 percent of Vermont high school graduates matriculate to a Vermont higher education institution, and of those who do stay -- 70 percent of them leave.
We have to do better.
When our downtowns are decimated, manufacturing plants close, and long-standing retail anchors shut their doors, it’s a clear sign of declining opportunity for our young people. I was fortunate enough to find employment that has allowed me to stay in Vermont, but with limited opportunities here, I’ve watched the vast majority of my UVM classmates seek jobs out of state. I’ve studied the trends of a rapidly changing business environment, and I know we are not doing enough to empower our businesses to compete in the regional or even global landscapes.
We are living in a world that is increasingly being shaped by e-commerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We need leaders who can appropriately and responsibly direct our state to remain relevant so we can capitalize on our assets by enabling entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as encourage investment in those pursuits.
Stimulating businesses alone will not be enough to prepare Vermont for the future. We must ensure that our schools are safe, with a dynamic environment and are geared to be cradle-to-career for both professional pursuits as well as the trades. It is crucial that we expand access to Pre-K to begin education during those formative years where education has an enormous impact -- studies show this pays huge dividends for communities and can make it easier on young families seeking childcare. We are cultivating an enormous talent pool in our school systems, and we need to reinvest in entrepreneurial programs like BTV Ignite and Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.
Finally, we need balance. With six senators, Chittenden County has the largest delegation in the state and controls 20 percent of the chamber. All six senators represent one ideology, vote nearly in lockstep, and are running as a slate. Some of these senators have publically disputed the existence of an affordability crisis and the financial hurdles many Vermonters undeniably face. This is unacceptable, and the overburdened taxpayers, homeowners, and business owners of Chittenden County deserve better. I strongly believe that adding a new voice to the delegation will bring a new perspective and a unique insight from a generation looking to call Vermont home.
Our legislators should be focused on creating an environment in which our workers, businesses, students, and retirees all have a chance to live a happy and prosperous life in Vermont. Over the coming months, I hope to earn your support. If you want a senator that will champion Chittenden County as a County of affordability and prosperity, I need your support in November.
Alex Farrell, a life-long Vermonter, UVM graduate, and business professional, is running for the state Senate in Chittenden County to provide balance in our representation and break up the all-Democratic/Progressive bloc. To learn more about his campaign and see his radio and digital ads, go to www.AlexFarrell.org.
Alex was recently in the news in Seven Days. An article written by Taylor Hobbs highlights Alex's campaign and road ahead. Check it out by clicking the link to SevenDaysVt.com. Here's a sneak peek:
Can Republican Newby Alex Farrell Win a Senate Seat in Chittenden County
By Taylor Dobbs
Alex Farrell moved easily through the beer-drinking, flip-flop-wearing crowd last Thursday in South Burlington. As people chatted or swayed to music at the SoBu Nite Out event in Veterans Memorial Park, Farrell, wearing creased dress pants and a sincere expression, pressed the flesh and struck up conversations with strangers.
Another busy campaign week is in the books! Alex has been working hard visiting all parts of the county, meeting new people, and continuing to gain support. Here is the weekly update from the campaign.
A fun night at the ballpark!
Last Saturday, Alex attended the Vermont Lake Monsters game who, for one game only, changed their name to the "Vermont Maple Kings." The team celebrated a sweet victory on the field while also showing support for Vermont's maple industry. Alex bumped into Governor Phil Scott and long-time friend Early Handy at the game.
I am proud to support Phil Scott for Vermont in the Vermont Republican Party Primary on August 14th. The Governor has worked hard for all Vermonters since his first day in office and will continue that fight each and every day going forward. Governor Scott has prevented property tax rates from increasing for residents, reduced income tax rates for all filers this year, exempted thousands of Vermonters from paying tax on Social Security benefits, implemented the largest housing investment in state history, and has worked to revitalize our downtowns. Through these efforts, Governor Scott has made Vermont more affordable, has reenergized our economy, and has protected our most vulnerable.
It is imperative that we re-elect Governor Scott to continue the good work that he is doing for Vermont. I ask you to join me in voting for Governor Phil Scott in the August 14th Primary.
Thank you to everyone who joined Team Alex in parades across the county! This campaign is powered by our volunteers and we're looking forward to moving to the next phase -- taking our message directly to each individual voter.
Will you join the team? With your support, we will win in November!
-- Team Farrell
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than marching with Alex Farrell and his campaign team in various parades across the county! Below you'll find the complete schedule for all Farrell for Senate July 4th festivities.
Williston 4th of July Parade
Line-up: 9:00 AM | Parade: 10:00 AM
Alex and our float will line-up on Williston Road just east of Oak Hill Road and North Williston Road in the village near the Johnson Farm.
Colchester 4th of July Parade
Line-Up: 10:00 AM | Parade: 11:00 AM
Line-up will be at the Colchester High School off of Blakely Road. The team will be marching with Governor Phil Scott. Look for their signs!
Milton 4th of July Parade
Line-up: 9:00 AM | Parade: 11:00 AM
Line-up will take place near Herrick Ave. We'll be marching with Lt. Governor candidate and current House Republican Leader, Don Turner! Look for his red, white, and blue signs!
We hope you'll join us Wednesday morning!
Senate Leadership Kill Negotiations Agreed upon by the Governor and House
Burlington, VT - Despite a unique budget surplus of more than $50 million - and more projected in the near future, the Chittenden County Senate delegation pushed through a budget that raises property taxes.
In response to Governor Scott’s announcement allowing the budget to become law without his signature, Alex Farrell, candidate for the State Senate issued the following statement:
“While I am thankful for the Governor's leadership and understand his decision, I am once again disappointed in the actions and votes of those elected to the Senate here in Chittenden County. They continuously vote in a block with no variation from the Party line. It’s time for Chittenden County to hear a different perspective, a pro-growth, and a pro-business perspective.
“Despite an agreement between Governor Phil Scott, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and House Minority Leader Don Turner, Chittenden County Senator Tim Ashe and fellow Chittenden County Senators, derailed and blocked a deal that would have averted a possible Government shutdown and kept rates for residential taxpayers flat for another year, as well as provide 100 percent of the rate relief for non-residential payers over two years.
“The budget that passed, while a slight improvement from earlier budgets vetoed by the Governor, worsens the cost of living issues facing the everyday Vermonter. The increase in the non-residential rate will lead to increased rent and raise the cost of doing business in Vermont.
“While progress has been made in the last 2 years, the votes and positions of the Chittenden County Senate delegation continue to exacerbate the affordability crisis. This is my motivation to get to work as a State Senator. I look forward to turning my vision for an affordable Vermont into action in January and I ask for your vote.”
Alex Farrell calls on Chittenden County Senators to Support a Budget that Doesn’t Increase Taxes or Fees
Chittenden County Senators balking at the opportunity to save Vermonters money
Burlington, VT - Alex Farrell, candidate for the State Senate, released the following statement as budget talks continue in Montpelier.
“Governor Scott was clear from the beginning that he would not sign a budget with any new taxes or fees; he outlined a plan that invests in our state’s future, protects our most vulnerable, and outlines responsible spending for years to come. I applaud Governor Phil Scott’s leadership and see real opportunity in the Vermont Senate to step-up to the plate and do what’s best for all Vermonters.
“Unfortunately, Chittenden County Senators are showing a lack of leadership by balking at this opportunity to save Vermonters money. The latest Senate budget proposal, which is expected to pass today, still places an unnecessary tax rate increase on those who pay the non-residential property tax rate. While slightly better, this bill will increase non-residential taxes by more than $20 million. As we all know, this will affect property taxes for those, especially in Chittenden County, who own small businesses or live in apartment buildings. I know we can all agree we cannot afford higher rent, especially when we’re trying to attract and retain more young professionals. Additionally, when businesses face higher taxes, they have little choice but to either reduce the number of employees or increase the costs of goods or services they offer in order to stay afloat. Neither of which Vermonters need or can afford.
“This is an opportunity to step up and do what’s right for Vermont and for Chittenden County. I call on all six senators, including Progressive Party leader Chris Pearson, to work with the Administration on a budget that doesn’t raise taxes or fees -- especially given the unexpected surplus revenue this year.
“I’m running to put Vermonters above all, and that includes political party and partisan ideology. As a state Senator, I will be a champion of opportunity for all Vermonters.”
Alex Farrell, a life-long Vermonter, UVM graduate, and business professional is running for state Senator in Chittenden County to provide balance in our representation and break up the all-Progressive/Democratic bloc. To learn more, visit www.AlexFarrell.org.