Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Christensen Files for House Seat Representing Weathersfield and Cavendish #WeathersfieldVT #VT #vtpoli

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PERKINSVILLE – Annmarie Christensen has filed as a Democrat to be a candidate to the Vermont House of Representatives for Windsor 2, which includes the towns of Weathersfield and Cavendish.

Christensen, who lives in Perkinsville, is a veteran journalist who has a career in health care communications and has been a reporter and editor at news organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Fixing the health care system, equity in education, and isolating and eradicating the opiate drug problem in Vermont are important issues to people in her community, she said.

“We need a sensible approach to better education that will retain our kids in state while reducing a mounting tax burden. I would work to enact an affordable, clear path to quality health services. We also need to reduce the proliferation of illegal drugs with the best form of public safety – sustainable jobs.

“It has been a contentious political season. In spite of the rhetoric and vitriol on the national scene, Vermonters continue to focus on preserving and enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy,” Christensen said.

She is campaigning for the seat currently held by Rep. Mark Huntley, a Democrat from Cavendish. Huntley says he decided not to seek re-election in order to better focus his attention on his practice at Huntley Financial Services Inc.

He said he supports Christensen’s bid to replace him.

“I enthusiastically support her bid for Representative / Windsor District 2. Annmarie will be a strong voice of reason, she will be part of the solution and not part of the problem, and that is what is needed in Montpelier, Annmarie has it in spades.”

Christensen came to Vermont 40 years ago from Pennsylvania. Her two children, Meredith and Max, were born in Vermont and attended schools in Chester.

She previously was communications director for The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and director of publications for the Global Health Council, based in White River Junction and Washington, DC. Previously, she was a reporter and an editor for the Valley News, the Rutland Herald and the Eagle Times.

She is active in the Weathersfield community, having served on the Conservation Commission and as a director of the Weathersfield Historical Society. She currently serves as president of the trustees of the village of Perkinsville and has volunteered at the North Springfield warming shelter.

“Annmarie brings a practical, determined and experienced voice,” said Ernie Shand, who held the House seat, representing Weathersfield and Cavendish for 10 years.

Christensen said she will be going door to door over the summer to meet all residents in Weathersfield and Cavendish. Latest updates on her issues and events can be found at www.facebook.com/annmarieforvermont