Degree Announces Franklin County State Senate Bid:
Gov. Jim Douglas, Sen. Norm McAllister Pledge Support
ST. ALBANS – Former State Representative and aide to Governor Jim Douglas, Dustin Degree, announced today that he will once again seek one of the two State Senate seats representing Franklin County and Alburgh.
Many will recall that in 2012, Degree came within 35 votes of securing a spot in the State Senate and says that this year, it is even more important to restore balance to the legislature.
“Getting to know my neighbors all over Franklin County was one of the best experiences of my life. After losing one of the closest elections in Franklin County history, I’ve kept a close eye
on state government and am more convinced than ever that the tax and spend status quo simply isn’t working for hard working Vermonters.”
Degree cited the need to create jobs and lower taxes as the main reasons he decided to run.
“In the 14 months that have passed since the last election the number of employed Vermonters has declined by 3,500 people,
while the Senate voted to increase taxes by over $80 million in 2013 alone. We must hold accountable those legislators who bemoan the tax rate on the campaign trail and then vote to increase it once elected, and over the course of the coming campaign, I intend to do just that,” Degree said.
Degree said if elected he’d continue to push for common sense drug reform. “I spent a good portion of my time in the House of Representatives working to bring this issue to the forefront. Unfortunately there are still people who fail to see it as a priority. Anyone who claims to represent our county must first recognize there is no greater threat to our future than opiate addiction. I’ve lost too many friends and peers to the darkness of addiction. I’ll fight for them every day of this campaign and every day after until we’ve created a system that ensures better outcomes for those who need help and safer communities for all of us.”
Legislators and leaders from around the county and state applauded Degree’s announcement and pledged their support of his candidacy.
Senator Norm McAllister (R- Franklin County) said, “I am proud of Dustin for once again stepping up to provide the people of Franklin County with a real choice in who represents them in Montpelier. Dustin has an unshakeable grasp of the problems we face. His is a needed voice in the conversation of the future of Franklin County and there’s no one I’d rather serve with in the Senate come January.”
Former Governor Jim Douglas also lent his voice to those supporting Degree.
“Dustin’s leadership on our state’s drug problem and job creation combined with his passion and loyalty for Franklin County makes him the right choice to represent Franklin County in the State Senate. His dedication to public service and his vision for the future make his candidacy truly unique. I hope my friends in Franklin County will join me in supporting him this fall.”
Degree is a former State Representative from St. Albans City, where his work on Prescription Drug abuse was recognized by Governor Peter Shumlin. Before being elected to the House, Degree served as an aide to Governor Jim Douglas. Prior to his work in the Governor’s office, he worked in the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the St. Albans City Development Review Board as well as on the Board of Directors of the St. Albans Amateur Skating Association.