St. Albans City - Rep. Dustin Allard Degree (R - St. Albans City) announced his intention to run for one of the two open Franklin County State Senate seats on Thursday. If elected, Degree promised to focus on job creation, responsible economic development and property tax relief, as well as continuing his work in the State House to fight prescription drug abuse. "Franklin County deserves a Senator who can provide both the needed experience in state government and a long term vision and commitment to our county,” Degree said.
"I believe that the future of Franklin County rests fully on finding creative ways to invigorate every sector of our economy. From ensuring that our family farms have the resources to thrive and prosper, to encouraging growth in our historic downtowns and working to attract new business and development, we must lay the ground work now to move our county forward. My work in the legislature and Governor's office gives me a unique insight on how best state government can work to attain this goal. "
As a State Representative, Degree was integral to bipartisan efforts to combat Vermont’s prescription drug abuse problem. "We made some great progress over the last two years, creating a state wide counseling, rehabilitation and drug take back programs, but we must continue to build policies that battle this dangerous epidemic. We've all been affected by this problem and we must to stand together to confront it,” he noted.
"I've spent my entire life in Franklin County. The values that I've developed and taken with me to Montpelier over the last five years were instilled in me right here in Franklin County and it would be my honor to continue to fight for them in the State Senate," Degree concluded.
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 earlier this summer. 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.