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Dan Stein 
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Re: “Capital Fireworks: Incumbent, Ousted Employee Spar in Montpelier Mayor's Race

My Thoughts on the "Race for Mayor of Montpelier"

The argument is complicated and requires a deep understanding of politics, economics and the behaviors of many social classes. Politics in nature breeds these types of discussions and statistics. There can be no "new lows" in the world of politics, whether in Washington or small-town Vermont.. In a town as meaningful and progressive as montpelier it is important to have a leader that acts courageously and boldly and in the interests of the entire community. When illustrating a "politician's" contributions, we can see a rough glimpse of who is being represented by the "politician." Even if the figures are presented in a way that is imperfect. However, it may also allow people to understand what type of leader this person is. Are they bold and courageous? Are they representing the entire community? Are they challenging the status quo when it is not in our best interest?

In my opinion, Gwen is an individual who challenges the status quo and is willing to take risks to uncover the truth and create sustainable positive change. John is a person who thinks clearly, straight-forwardly and has a positive approach to leading his community. Both the individuals care deeply for Montpelier and wish to see it thrive. Both individuals have a self-interest, a passion, a clear path for themselves, which govern and are governed by their choices, both private and public.

I see great leadership qualities in both candidates and I see faults in both candidates. They both have good intentions and then make mistakes, disappointing themselves and others. Both are totally Human, and deserve to be seen and treated as such. Neither has stood before me, appearing to be out of their integrity. And neither has stood before me with the glare of disappointment, as if to judge me worse than they.

Gwen and John are both amazing people and would do an awesome job running the city of Montpelier.

But only one of the candidates for Mayor of Montpelier has shown me, in person or writing, in public or private, that they have a vision more beautiful and profound than most of us believe possible. Only one person has shared with me their love for positive change and sustainable growth, as a community, as a society, and as people, individually. This one person has shown me through their intense perseverance that they will put it all on the line for truth and justice.

If I could vote in this upcoming election, I would undoubtedly cast my vote for Gwen Hallsmith. This woman is not perfect. She will definitely make choices you will need to question (as we all do). She will take risks which intimidate you and surprise you and sometimes they will sink below your gut and dry out your faith - and other times they will knock you off your socks and leave you jaw dropped. But, I can guarantee you with no doubt that she will creatively, honorably and in a way that is sacred and meaningful, carry Montpelier into its future. If we want a Mayor who is in it for the long haul -and for us all - Vote for Gwen.

-Daniel Stein

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Posted by Dan Stein on 02/27/2014 at 12:30 AM

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