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Vermont town clerks issue report card

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1:17 AM Tue., October 19, 2010 | Permalink

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By Terri Hallenbeck

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Mike Townsend (RSS) (80)
Molly Walsh (RSS) (10)

The Vermont Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Association has issued a scorecard of the
candidates for secretary of state based on six issues the organization asked the candidates
about at its annual meeting.

Nancy Remsen (RSS) (96)

Sam Hemingway (RSS) (4)
Terri Hallenbeck (RSS) (225)

Republican Jason Gibbs scored in the groups favor on every topic. Democrat Jim
Condos went against on every topic.
The issues: same-day voter registration (clerks oppose), instant runoff voting (clerks
oppose), constitutional amendment allowing 17-year-olds to vote in the primary if they
will turn 18 by the general election (clerks oppose), maintaining local control of
municipal land records, listening and communicating with municipal officials,
innovative new ideas to improve existing processes.


Association President Alison Kaiser, who is Stowe town clerk, said the group cant
endorse a candidate but chose to score the candidates on certain issues.
Gibbs touted his marks in a news release. I thank the Vermont Municipal Clerks &
Treasurers Association for its confidence in me, Gibbs said.
Condos said the questions seemed like they could have been written by Gibbs to favor
him. He noted, too, that Kaiser has contributed $250 to Gibbs campaign.
Condos noted his experience in local government on the South Burlington City Council and
that hes been endorsed by more than 65 state legislators, all three members of the
congressional delegation and current Secretary of State Deb Markowitz.

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