Bi-partisan group of Mayors from across Vermont praise Donovan for his outstanding
qualifications and work as Chittenden County State’s Attorney
Barre, VT – Today, Vermont’s eight city mayors who make up the Vermont Mayors Coalition announced they have endorsed T.J. Donovan in his bid to become Vermont’s next Attorney General.
The Coalition and Donovan share many priorities, including investing resources in crime-prevention and public safety measures, increasing drug and mental health treatment programs, protecting the state’s waterways, and ensuring policing protocols employ the best practices in coping with the realities of modern public safety challenges.
“I am honored to be endorsed by this distinguished bi-partisan group of men and women from across Vermont,” said T.J. Donovan, candidate for Attorney General. “Vermont’s mayors are at the forefront of some of the most difficult issues facing our state, including solving our opiate crisis, keeping our environment clean, and making sure Vermonters have good middle class jobs. I look forward to being a partner with cities throughout Vermont to work on these issues and others impacting Vermont.”
The Mayor’s coalition cited its members’ many interactions with T.J. and their evaluation of him as the most qualified candidate for Attorney General as their reason for endorsing him.
“T.J. Donovan has worked as the state prosecutor in Vermont’s largest county for ten years and has experienced first-hand the poor outcomes that result when the challenges facing our cities are not adequately addressed,” said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. “I have worked closely with T.J. on many challenging issues and know he has the energy and dedication to continue the great strides he has made in Chittenden County on the state-wide level.”
Rutland Mayor Chris Louras added, “Our law enforcement professionals need our collective support because they cannot be expected to tackle the challenges we face alone, and they will only be successful in their efforts by forging truly collaborative partnerships with the community they serve. T.J. is a team player and will make this happen on the state level.”
The VMC joins the vast majority of Vermonters, led by the early efforts of T.J. Donovan, in placing the opiate epidemic at the forefront of the issues that Vermonters must address. “As communities across Vermont struggle with opiate addiction and related issues of domestic abuse, child neglect, mental illness, and threats against workers, it’s more important than ever we have a proactive advocate serving the state as Attorney General,” stated Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon.
“We are confident that T.J. will be a strong advocate for Vermonters by being tough on offenders who deserve to be behind bars. But we know he is also open to finding ways to address the underlying causes of crime in order to reduce criminal behavior. Both these approaches will enhance the safety of our communities,” said St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache.
The mayors also echoed Donovan’s call for tougher actions in enforcing state law to bring meaningful improvements to water quality. Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton and Newport Mayor Paul Monette all emphasized that the burden of protecting the state’s waterways falls on all Vermonters, whether they live in rural, urban or suburban areas. Consequently it is important to have a leader in the Attorney General’s office who will find ways for all Vermonters to work together to accomplish this shared goal.
The Vermont Mayors Coalition focuses on issues affecting Vermont’s urban communities and includes both Democratic and Republican members. The group emphasizes that it focuses on practical, not partisan, solutions to the issues facing their constituents.