ST. ALBNAS -- On Thursday, Rep. Dustin A. Degree announced his candidacy to represent Franklin County and Alburgh in the Vermont State Senate. On Saturday, Jason Gibbs, former Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation and long time senior aide to Governor Jim Douglas announced his endorsement of Degree for both the August 28th Republican primary and the November 6th General Election.
"To my Franklin County friends: I hope you'll support Representative Dustin Degree for State Senate. I have no doubt that as his campaign moves forward you will be convinced that he is the right person for the job," Gibbs stated.
"I believe that Jason and folks like him represent the very future of our state. He's a bright, energetic native Vermonter with a deep love for his home state and creative ideas on how to move it forward. It goes without saying, that I’m incredibly proud to have Jason's support," Degree said.
Gibbs and Degree got to know each other working together as members of Governor Jim Douglas' staff and successful reelection bid in 2008.
"Dustin is hard working, smart, tested and proven -- he has an immeasurable passion and pride for Vermont and Franklin County. Our entire state would benefit from his commonsense and leadership in the State Senate."
Degree, 27, is a 2003 graduate of BFA -St. Albans. In 2010 he was elected to the House of Representatives, where his leadership on prescription drug abuse was recognized by Governor Peter Shumlin and led to the establishment of statewide treatment, rehabilitation and take- back programs. Prior to his election, Dustin spent two and a half years serving as an aide to Governor Jim Douglas and worked in the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the St. Albans City Development Review Board as well as on the Board of Directors of the St. Albans Amateur Skating Association.