This article by Susan Smallheer originally appeared July 8 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
DUMMERSTON CENTER — The Evening Star Grange was a sauna Thursday night, as the three Democrats vying for the two seats in the Vermont House answered questions about the legalization of marijuana, whether they supported a carbon tax, education funding and school consolidation and gun “safety” — not control.
With the retirement of longtime Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, and the plan by Rep. Michael Mrowicki, D-Putney, to seek another term, newcomers Cindy Jerome and Nader Hashim, both of Dummerston, also announced their candidacies for the Windham-4 seat. There are no known Republicans or independents seeking the seats.
Mrowicki, Jerome and Hashim will face off on Aug. 14 during the statewide primary, and then run unopposed in the Nov. 6 General Election. The district includes the towns of Westminster, Putney and Dummerston.
Many of the questions submitted by the audience dealt with school funding and governance issues.
“We have a great school. Why would we want to change it?” said Jerome to applause.
Mrowicki said that Dummerston school had “some of the best outcomes in our state.”
And Hashim, who said he had a young daughter in the school, said he had no difficulty making the same pledge and would follow the public vote.
When it came to the issue of gun safety, Hashim, who is a Vermont State Police trooper, said he favored a more extensive background check requirement, and waiting periods. He said gun safety would help prevent suicides as well.
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