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July 28, 2006 David Atkinson of Braintree this week announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives in the Orange-Addison-1 District, which includes the towns of Braintree, Brookfield, Granville and Randolph. He said the focus of his campaign will be to address the growing cost of government on working families and small businesses by reducing taxes and burdensome regulation, to advocate the development of green energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro, and to promote the restoration of local decision making powers in the education of our children.
Atkinson, age 65, has extensive experience in town government politics and has served on numerous committees and boards, most recently as a two-term member of the Provincetown (MA) Select Board.
“My desire to serve is driven by my concern for small businesses and working families in Vermont,” Atkinson said. “When you are concerned about the continued quality of life in our diverse community, you have to be aware of the growing cost of government.”
Citing the fragility of the current economic climate in Vermont, Atkinson continued, “We need to increase opportunities for small business, not opportunities for governmental expansion. When we begin to reverse decades of uncontrolled government growth, more productive jobs will be created; productive jobs that pay livable wages, make health care more affordable, reduce threats to our environment and improve the quality of education for our children.”
While serving as an elected official, Atkinson was as close as the phone when citizens needed answers. “Vermont is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We are blessed to have such a diversity of towns and villages, each a place with true community spirit. The quality of life we enjoy comes from our diversity, our community spirit and our willingness to help each other.” Atkinson concluded.
Atkinson has deep roots in Vermont, first moving to the state in 1981. He purchased his current Braintree home in 1997. Since 1990, he has owned and operated Picture Perfect Tree Surgery.