Caledonian Record Endorses Jason Gibbs for Secretary of State
August 19, 2010
Jason Gibbs For Secretary Of State
Every once in a while, a political candidate comes along who is different, and whose differences attract. Jason Gibbs, a candidate for Vermont Secretary of State, is that different. He is the former commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Before that, he was a six-year communications director for Gov. Jim Douglas’ administration.
Gibbs is a refreshing oddity in Vermont politics. He believes in cutting costs, saving money, and efficiency. He cut his own department’s staffs and expenses, and he actually made money for the state through entrepeneurialism.
Gibbs says, “Vermont’s Secretary of State can help strengthen the economy and reduce the tax burden with a new type of public management.” This “new type of leadership” is how he delivered real results as Forest and Parks Commissioner, which included a $2-plus-million decrease in general fund, taxpayer-financed spending. He made money for the taxpayers by increasing timber sales from Vermont land by 28 percent, and he had the timber cut and hauled by private loggers, hence providing jobs for them.
He spearheaded a nearly 10 percent increase in 2009 park visits and corresponding local economic activity. He energized and pushed an $8.1 million investment in our state park system that created hundreds of private sector construction jobs, and he initiated a plan to put the park system on a path to eliminate its reliance on taxpayer money. Not least of all, he cut his department by close to 20 percent of its full-time staff positions.
Not only does he understand efficient management of big operations, he actually likes taxpayers. He returns their calls, listens to them and tries out their ideas. He is first in his office in the morning and last to leave at night.
This is the year of homogenized politics and candidates. Within the six running for governor, there are only two opinions, one expressed by the five candidates for the Democratic Party and the other by Brian Dubie, the Republican candidate. Jason Gibbs is a fresh breath, not the usual cookie-cutter politician. We urge Republican primary voters on Aug. 24 to propel him forward to the next step in the process – the November general election.
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August 18, 2010
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Legislators from Chittenden, Franklin, Washington & Lamoille Counties will Go With Gibbs
Rep. Brennan will Go With Gibbs for Secretary of State
COLCHESTER – Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester, said today that he is backing Jason Gibbs for Secretary of State.
Brennan, a convenience store owner and four-term lawmaker, said the Secretary of State is in a position to help strengthen Vermont’s economy by making it easier – and less expensive – to do business in Vermont.
“Government can and should be streamlined,” Brennan said. “Small business owners already face so many obstacles. Jason and I both know that government should not also stand in the way of Vermonters’ prosperity.”
Gibbs said the Secretary of State serves as one of five Vermont’s constitutional officers and is integral to smart and more responsive public services.
Gibbs, a Duxbury Republican, said state government should be a partner to business owners, nurturing opportunities to grow Vermont’s economy.
“I am humbled by Rep. Brennan’s confidence in me and I thank Pat for his endorsement,” Gibbs said. “He has worked hard for Colchester residents to press for more innovative, efficient and effective governing.”
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Rep. Branagan will Go With Gibbs for Secretary of State
GEORGIA – Rep. Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia, today said she is backing Jason G. Gibbs for Secretary of State.
The four-term lawmaker, town moderator and school board chairwoman said she’s endorsing Gibbs because the Secretary of State must be a leader who values the strong links between local and state government.
“I am going with Jason; he will provide strong leadership for the Green Mountain State and be able to forge the important partnerships between Vermont town officials and their state government,” Branagan said. “Jason is a wonderful leader whose ability to build consensus around important issues will be put to good use as Secretary of State. On top of that, Jason is a true Vermonter.”
Gibbs said the Secretary of State is a starting point for responsible leadership for Vermont.
“I am humbled by Rep. Branagan’s endorsement. During her time in Montpelier, Rep. Branagan has proven time and again that she is a noble steward for Georgia and Fairfax in the Statehouse. Her commitment to women is laudable and her focus on education is inspirational,” Gibbs said.
The Vermont State Government can do better for Vermonters and in a less costly fashion. We need real results that improve outcomes for Vermonters-Gibbs said.
“As Secretary of State, I’ll start by simplifying and streamlining the professional licensing, business registration, regulatory functions and other responsibilities of the Secretary of State’s office,” said Gibbs. “But we can’t stop there. This transformation to more entrepreneurial public management must occur all across state government. I will lead by example. This is a hard time for Vermonters and Americans, and it is a time for leaders to stand up and find ways to rethink government to benefit all of our people.”
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Rep. McDonald will Go With Gibbs for Secretary of State
BERLIN – Rep. Patricia McDonald, R-Berlin, today said she is backing Jason G. Gibbs for Secretary of State.
McDonald, who is stepping down after two terms, also worked for Vermont’s last three governors – Richard Snelling, Howard Dean and Jim Douglas – and as a member of the Berlin Select Board.
“I’m going with Gibbs because he is a leader who knows the issues and offers new, more effective, solutions to the range of challenges we face,” McDonald said. “I think those skills are essential in the Secretary of State’s office, given the complexities of the issues that Jason will be dealing with on a daily basis with municipalities, professional organizations, the public and the Legislature.”
Gibbs said the Secretary of State is a starting point for smart and more responsive public services.
“I am honored by Rep. McDonald’s endorsement. In her career, Rep. McDonald has shown true leadership whether as a leader on the Berlin Select Board, in the Legislature and serving Vermont’s governors. She knows firsthand what is needed for the government of Vermont to work effectively and the importance of transformative new ideas,” Gibbs said.
Government can provide better and less costly services-real results that improve outcomes while also reducing reliance on taxpayers, Gibbs said.
“As Secretary of State, I’ll start by simplifying and streamlining the professional licensing, business registration, regulatory functions and other responsibilities of the Secretary of State’s office,” said Gibbs. “But we can’t stop there. This transformation to more entrepreneurial public management must occur all across state government. I will lead by example. This is a time of great challenges for Vermonters and this is the time for leaders who know we can find success by rethinking government business as usual.”
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Rep. Howard will Go With Gibbs for Secretary of State
CAMBRIDGE – Rep. Adam Howard, R-Cambridge, today said he is backing Jason G. Gibbs for Secretary of State.
Howard, a publisher of action sports magazines and media sites, just finished his first term at the Statehouse. He said he’s endorsing Gibbs because the Secretary of State is one of only five Constitutional officers and is called upon to redirect government efforts to benefit all Vermonters.
“I’m going with Gibbs. As commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Jason worked very well balancing the interests of a hugely diverse outdoor interest crowd. He’ll take that same creative leadership to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Howard.
As co-founder of the popular “Backcountry,” Telemark Skier” and “Alpinist” media focused on outdoor adventurers, Howard said he knows firsthand how important it is for state government to make it easier to start and grow a business in Vermont.
“State government is ready for a new kind of thinking that will balance the needs of Vermonters with the realities of fiscal responsibility,” said Howard.
Gibbs said the Secretary of State can lead by example in revitalizing how state government works.
“I thank Rep. Howard for his confidence in me and his endorsement,” Gibbs said. “As an outdoor athlete myself, I will act upon all the assets that Vermont has to offer and pledge to make the Secretary of State’s office a partner in economic growth, while delivering real results.”
Gibbs said he will start by simplifying and streamlining the professional licensing, business registration, regulatory functions and other responsibilities of the office.
“This is a time of great challenges for Vermonters and this is the time for leaders who know we can find success by rethinking government business as usual,” Gibbs said.