Vermont of the Future:
In 2018, I moved to Putney, Windham County, Vermont and I have made my home here in the beautiful, Green Mountain State. Vermont and our local towns allows me to be who I am in every way and offers me the ability to create the name I want to make for myself. I want to continue seeing it prosper and show its full potential! However, just to name a few problems, the State of Vermont continues to grow older without stabilization and retention of our younger generations, climate change is happening, we were struggling economically prior to COVID-19, education is being negatively impacted by tough decisions, and our emergency services sector is declining. Being 25, I am the youngest age one can be in order to run for state, public office and I intend to show that the younger generations are here to stay and we can move District 4 of Windham County and the State of Vermont into the Future Together! We can create impact that will influence the generations to come. We have amazing things happening locally here in Putney, Westminster, & Dummerston, opportunities at our fingertips, and a surplus number of challenges/ struggles forthcoming in the months/years to come.
As Vermont continues to handle the developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are faced with many challenges and situations as a local area and state. Some of these are already being seen and many more possibly to be recognized.
I would like to take a moment to express my condolences to those who have lost loved ones and offer support and prayers for those that have loved ones continuing to fight this disease.
Issues I Plan to Tackle:
Please know, the issues below are ones I have identified based on current economic and local affairs and is not cumulative of everything I will be working on or towards as State Representative. This list is only the beginning! Please reach out to me to present, discuss. and bring my attention to other areas of issues/ concern throughout the election process and if you elect me as the next State Representative. I intend to continue to grow this list because Vermont has so much to offer!
I serve YOU the people and your personal/ Professional needs are my number one priority!
Nelson Mandela said it best, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I firmly believe that education is the building blocks to the future of our towns, our state, our country, and our world! In K-12, budget cuts, staff reductions, transitions/ changes needed for a 21st century classroom, utilization of trade school training opportunities, and providing the resources and abilities to serve those who learn differently all need attention! At the collegiate level, we have seen some of our colleges close the past few years. Unfortunately, this trend continues this year as we now will be losing Marlboro College here in our local area. We must help prevent this trend from continuing and re-enforce our collegiate level opportunities for students in our state. At the end of the day, the students of our towns and across the state are hurt the most by these impacts. I shortly ago sat in similar seats of our current students at all levels and I know that they all have bright futures ahead of them when we put them first! They are the future of Vermont!
2. Affordable Housing/Homes:
Gaius Plinius Secundus is credited for saying the family-friendly and timeless quote, “Home is Where the Heart Is”. Vermont, is my home and I want it to continue being the home to many more young Vermonters, become the home to many others who have not yet experienced our beautiful state or have tasted our Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, and remain the home to our current adult Vermonters. Vermont needs affordable housing including apartments for those who are younger, and or not ready or able to buy homes yet. Vermont needs to also evaluate the cost of living including taxes for those who own homes. This is only the start!
3. Jobs/ Employment/Small Businesses:
Vermont has only begun to see the dire situation of the job markets nationally. As of April 2020, unemployment has spiked to 14.7 Percent due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Unfortunately, this number is projected to rise still. Following the containment of COVID-19, whether through the practice of social distancing or a vaccine, we as a local area and a state must begin to come back from the economic recession possibly depression being created. This will be possible by emphasizing small-business development, supporting our current local businesses, industries, and Agriculture, and keeping more jobs from being lost. In addition to combating the aftermath of COVID-19, we must also look towards the future of identifying and attracting business and industry that presents beneficial to our towns and area for the future economy we must create as the State of Vermont
4. Emergency Services:
Serving the Town of Putney as a Firefighter /EMT and previously as a Firefighter in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I see the continued decline in the field of emergency services. This field is not optional, it is a critical and vital part of our communities and we must address this for the Future of Vermont. We see more than ever the role Emergency Services has played during this COVID-19 Pandemic and we must now begin to put them at the forefront!
5. Health Care Advancement/Progression
6. Alternative Energy Resources
7. COVID-19 Response, Assistance, & Recovery
VOTE FOR MATT INGRAM FOR OFFICE ON:
August 11th, 2020~ Primary Election
November 3rd, 2020~ General Election