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February 19, 2014

Pat McDonald announces candidacy for State Senate

Pat McDonald announced today that she will run for the State Senate in 2014.

McDonald, who represented Berlin and Barre City in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010, made the announcement at a gathering of legislative leaders.

McDonald emphasized opportunity and affordability in her announcement. “Like most Vermonters, my husband and I have watched our property taxes go up steadily, every year, and we struggle with living on fixed incomes.”

But she also stressed the myriad other issues and concerns that have occupied headlines and dinner-table conversations in Central Vermont. “Hearing about job losses, increased poverty, an exploding drug epidemic, the dismal state of our mental health care system, and even concerns about safety in our own communities, we also realize that our own affordability struggle, while frustrating and real, actually pales in comparison to what many of our neighbors are going through,” McDonald continued.

“So, much as I had planned on retirement, I decided it was a critical time for me to step back in.”

McDonald’s career includes 15 years in a wide range of leadership positions throughout state and local government. She served as Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Employment and Training, Secretary of Transportation, Deputy Commissioner of Education, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, and Commissioner of Personnel under the Republican and Democratic Administrations of Governors Snelling, Dean and Douglas.

She also served as Chair of the Berlin Selectboard and a member of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and Chair of the Berlin Economic Development Committee.

Prior to entering public service, McDonald spent 20-plus years in the private sector, at the CIBA-GEIGY Corporation in Ardsley, New York, and as Vice-President of Human Resources and Regulatory Management at Merchants Bank in Vermont.

McDonald is married to retired State Police Captain J. Bruce McDonald. She has one daughter, two stepsons, and four grandsons, and she lives in Berlin.

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