Scudder Parker Files for Governors Race

first_imgScudder Parker Files for Governors RaceMONTPELIER, Vt. Scudder Parker, a veteran public servant who grew up onhis familys Vermont dairy farm, emerged as the leading Democraticcandidate for governor on Thursday by filing to enter the 2006 campaign.Parker visited the Vermont Secretary of States office to submit papersofficially indicating his intention to run for governor. A formal campaignannouncement and kickoff will be scheduled in October.A former state senator who also worked for Democratic and Republicangovernors, Parker said his many years of public service and his vision forVermont qualify him to be the states next leader.August in Vermont is a time for family, swimming, baseball and fairs not necessarily politics, said Parker, 62, who lives in Montpelier withhis wife, Susan Sussman. But Vermonters should know that Im now at workpreparing an aggressive and successful campaign to become the effectiveand respectful governor our state deserves.Parker grew up on his familys farm in Danville, and helped manage thefarm s succession between generations after his father died in 1966. Heserved for more than two decades as a Congregational minister in CaledoniaCounty. As the first Democrat elected to the Vermont Senate from CaledoniaCounty in more than 60 years, Parker served eight years in the Senate,half of them in leadership as chair of the powerful Senate FinanceCommittee.Parker worked for 13 years in the administrations of Govs. MadeleineKunin, Richard Snelling and Howard Dean as the director of the EnergyEfficiency Division at the Public Service Department. In that role heprovided innovative leadership in the development of energy policies thathave saved Vermonters millions of dollars on their utility bills.Parkers most recent position was as the Public Policy Coordinator forVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, where he helped increase theparticipation of Vermont businesses in the legislative dialogue on energyand health care policy.Whether I was their minister, neighbor, senator or colleague, Vermonterswho know me recognize that Im independent and care deeply about people,Parker said. A successful leader respects and listens to those whoagree and those who dont.Parkers filing names Will Raap as his campaign treasurer. Raap is thefounder and chief executive officer of Gardeners Supply Company and theIntervale Foundation, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.Im honored to have Will serve as the treasurer of the campaign, Parkersaid. His business success is a powerful example of my own vision forVermonts economy. Here is an independent business that respects itsemployees, improves the environment and competes successfully in the worldeconomy.Vermonters have led our nation and the world in fighting for justice,caring for the land, building strong and resilient communities, anddemonstrating a unique blend of common sense and inventiveness. Myleadership will be informed by these traditions because they are both ourheritage and our hope, said Parker.-30-last_img

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