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John Spencer (Vermont)

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John Spencer
Former candidate for
Vermont House of Representatives, Addison-3 District
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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John Spencer was a 2014 Democratic candidate for Addison-3 District of the Vermont House of Representatives.[1]


Spencer's professional experience includes serving on the Addison Development Review Board and the Addison Town Hall Restoration Committee.[2]


Campaign themes


Spencer's campaign has emphasized the following themes[3]:

  • Health care
Excerpt: "The rising cost of health care is putting businesses and individuals in financial difficulty...A single payer system of health care can be the solution, but in Vermont can our state government alone administer the system, will it be economically advisable and will it accomplish what was set out for it in Act 48?"
  • School funding
Excerpt: "We must cut the cost per student, but quality education is the key for our state and local communities to prosper and grow. We must gather together all interest groups, teachers, administrators, school boards and communities to reshape the education system in Vermont."
  • Transparency
Excerpt: "With the passage of the new open meeting law many towns and organizations had to shut down their websites because they could not meet the new regulations. Changes need to be made to the law to encourage websites and other electronic communication for the public and press to learn what is happening in government in a timely manner...Open and free access to information is the key to good government."
  • Opiate Addiction
Excerpt: "Alcohol use, gambling and other substance abuse are also symptoms of deeper social problems...Prevention is a strong key, and money for prevention should receive budget priority. Substance abuse affects our communities in numerous negative ways including increased crime."
  • Higher Education
Excerpt: "The cost of higher education has gone from difficult to almost impossible...Some ideas to alleviate cost: a tuition freeze guaranteeing students four years at a fixed fee; earning college credits in high school; strengthening our community colleges; and tax credits or loan advantages if the graduate stays employed in Vermont."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Government needs to be in the economic development business. You add fertilizer to grow bigger and healthier crops, the same applies to economic development. The focus should be on encouraging good paying, environmentally clean job growth."
  • Party Lines
Excerpt: "I am running as a Democrat, but want to actively reach out to all sides as I am a Vermonter foremost...There are a lot of great ideas in that vast area between the left and right. Too often the moderate is thought to be weak; not true, it is where the majority of Vermonters stand."



See also: Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Addison-3 has two state representatives. Incumbent Diane Lanpher and John Spencer were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Warren Van Wyck was unopposed in the Republican primary ballot,[1][4][5][6] but Peter Briggs launched a successful write-in candidate campaign. Lanpher and Van Wyck defeated Spencer and Briggs in the general election.[7][8]

Vermont House of Representatives Addison-3 District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Lanpher Incumbent 27.6% 1,409
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Van Wyck Incumbent 25.8% 1,320
     Democratic John Spencer 22.8% 1,166
     Republican Peter Briggs 23.8% 1,218
Total Votes 5,113

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