Supporting Don Turner

Readers should understand that it was House Minority Leader Don Turner who held thefractious GOP House Caucus together well enough in 2016-18 to sustain every one of Phil Scott14 vetoes. Those vetoes prevented the worst Progressive bills from becoming law and furtherdamaging the limping Vermont economy. Scott vetoed property tax increases, fee increases, a job-killing $15 minimum wage, job killing mandatory paid family leave, and an over-the-top ban on certain chemicals. Count your blessings that the GOP House made those vetoes stick. In fact, that unity held together under Turner’s very gentle leadership so well that Scott’s opposition to a carbon tax was never even put to the test. Progressives knew the 53 GOP House members would sustain a veto of such a bad idea and it didn’t come to a vote. That’swhat a two-party system does: it keeps really bad ideas in check.   Continue reading

Don Turner Will Focus on Affordability

“Don Turner Will Focus on Affordability” Dear Editor, I have worked personally with Rep. Don Turner for the last eight years as he has been the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, and I have seen him work hard for his constituents, and for the people of the state of Vermont. He is not afraid to stand up against raising our cost of living, and he has fought hard for a more balanced and common sense approach to legislation. Don is a person of great integrity, is highly trustworthy, and is respectful of all those he works with. He has tirelessly sought to make the needs of hardworking Vermonters his priority.  I have seen first hand that he is a genuinely qualified leader, and I know that he would make an excellent Lieutenant Governor for Vermont. Please consider voting for Don Turner on Election Day, November 6th, and cast a vote to help make Vermont more affordable for us all.  Respectfully, Rep. Vicki Strong,  Albany 

Support Don for Lt. Governor

“Support Don Turner for Lt. Governor” Many Vermonters are struggling to get by - affordable housing, high college tuition and childcare costs, and historically high taxes and fees have strained Vermont family budgets. And eventhough we’ve experienced an uptick in the economy nationally—and in parts of our state—thereare many who haven’t experienced this resurgent prosperity firsthand. We need real economicgrowth in all four corners of our state, especially the Northeast Kingdom. During my time in the Legislature, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Representative DonTurner on a number of issues. Don understands the need for a strong economy, and that werequire common-sense spending coupled with real tax relief to achieve it. Throughout his entirecareer, Don has been focused on fighting for the economic growth and common-sense policiesto achieve a stronger economy. In many cases, he’s been the lead voice for fiscal and economicsanity under the Golden Dome. Now, Don wants to take his efforts to the Lieutenant Governor’sOffice. We need a renewed focus on our economy in the Legislature. I hope all Vermonters will join mein voting for Don Turner for Lt. Governor. Representative Scott Beck(R-St. Johnsbury)

We need Don Turner

"He has been a leader in the fight" This November we have the opportunity to elect a Lieutenant Governor who brings a wealth of experience and perspective to a critically important office.  The person who is elected has to understand the technical duties of presiding over the Senate.  But more importantly, the successful candidate must have the judgment and temperament to assume the role of governor at a moment’s notice.  Continue reading

Turner Schedule September 17th Through 24th

Lt. Governor Candidate Don Turner’s Public Appearance Schedule for September 18th through 24th Continue reading

VPR Interviews Don

Republican Don Turner represents Milton in the Vermont legislature, and now the House Minority Leader is running for Lieutenant Governor in the Nov. 6 general election. We're talking to the candidate about why he's seeking the state's second-highest office. The 54-year-old lifelong Milton resident has been in Vermont's House of Representatives since 2006, and House Minority Leader since 2011. He's served on committees focused on corrections, education, housing and commerce and economic development. Continue reading

We need a Collaborator

We need a collaborator in the Lieutenant governor’s office To the editor, One of the important functions of the lieutenant governor is to bring people together and to facilitate balance and collaboration on important issues. The lieutenant governor can break down barriers to inaction and get important things done for Vermonters.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, that has not been accomplished. Instead, the position has been used simply as yet another voice for the overwhelming Montpelier Majority to promote their legislative agenda of higher taxes and unsustainable policies. There simply hasn’t been the balance in the lieutenant governor’s office that there used to be. But we have an opportunity to change that. Representative Don Turner has served in the legislative minority his entire career and has worked with three different governor’s, three different speakers, and three different president pro tems. As minority leader, he has had to build bridges and unify people of otherwise different backgrounds. Don is a true listener — respecting every viewpoint and focusing on achieving balance to get things done for Vermonters. As Milton town manager and as a first responder, Don knows the meaning of true public service and always puts his constituents first. I ask you to join me in restoring balance to the lieutenant governor’s office by voting for Don Turner.  Senator Peg Flory Rutland, Vt     Continue reading

A Teacher’s Perspective on November

Dear Editor, Vermonters will have an important choice at the polls in November for Lieutenant Governor. Over the last two years, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman has mainly focused on helping the Montpelier Majority pursue an unsustainable agenda that seeks to raise taxes and add to Vermonters’ cost of living. I listened carefully when Lt. Gov. Zuckerman addressed our student body last year; I urge your readers now to consider the candidacy of Don Turner. We need a Lieutenant Governor that recognizes our fiscal challenges, who will focus on affordability, and who knows how to achieve balance and collaboration.Rep. Don Turner is that leader. Continue reading

A Bridge Builder

I’ve had the privilege of representing the residents of Barre Town in the Vermont House of Representatives over the last four years. During my time in Montpelier, I’ve been fortunate to work with some incredibly talented public servants. Throughout the many years I’ve worked with Representative Don Turner, I’ve known him to be a strong collaborator. His service during three different administrations--as well as his tenure as House Minority Leader--has shaped his reputation as a bridge builder across party lines. Continue reading

Turner Schedule September 11th through 17th

Milton, VT - Today, State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Don Turner announced his public schedule for Tuesday, September 11th through Monday, September 17th. Don will be meeting with Vermonters to discuss important issues facing our state, including his strong record of balance and collaboration. For more information on Don’s candidacy, please visit Continue reading