(Host) Former state Senator Jeb Spaulding of Montpelier formally launched his campaign for treasurer at the Statehouse on Friday afternoon.
Spaulding, who served eight terms in the Senate, says his work as the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee gives him the right experience to be the state’s next treasurer.
Spaulding says he wants to protect the integrity of the state’s pension funds and he thinks the Legislature should allow the state income tax system to remain piggybacked to the federal system.
Spaulding says he’s running for state treasurer because the office plays an important role in maintaining the state’s fiscal health:
(Spaulding) The treasurer is an office of critical importance to all Vermonters. You know when most people wake up in the morning they’re thinking about their finances, they’re paying off their college loans, their retirement, paying the bills, the status of their next pay raise, and I guarantee you when I’m elected state treasurer there are going to be two of us waking up to think about protecting your financial future in Vermont.
(Host) Governor Howard Dean endorsed Spaulding on Friday afternoon.
Dean says Spaulding has a record of common sense and honesty that are well suited to the treasurer’s office.
Dean made the endorsement even though former State Auditor Ed Flanagan will face Spaulding in the Democratic primary in September.