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Richard Sears

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Richard Sears
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Vermont Senate Bennington District
Incumbent
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$604.79/week
Per diem$162/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont
Personal
BirthdayApril 22, 1943
Place of birthFramingham, MA
ProfessionCo-Director, Youth Program
ReligionCongregational
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Richard W. Sears (b. April 22, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Bennington District. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Sears earned his B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1969.

Sears was the Co-Director for 204-206 Depot Residential Programs for Troubled Youth.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sears served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Judiciary
Judicial Rules
Fiscal
Corrections Oversight, Chair
Legislative Council

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sears served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sears served on these committees:

Issues

Charter schools

On February 8, 2013, Sears and fellow Senators Donald Collins, Richard McCormack, and David Zuckerman introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools which receives public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would be required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.[1] John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools.[2] The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."[3] McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91.[4] The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman are also members of the five-member committee.

Elections

2012

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Sears won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Bennington District. Sears was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

2010

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Sears ran for re-election to the 3rd District Seat (Bennington District) in 2010. He ran against Robert Hartwell in the primary. In the general election he defeated Patricia Blair (R), Gerald Woodard (R), and Craig Hill (I) on November 2, 2010.[6]

Vermont State Senate, Bennington District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Dick Sears (D) 8,615
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Hartwell(D) 6,655
Gerald Woodard (R) 4,252
Patricia Blair (R) 4,001
Craig Hill (I) 866

2008

On November 4, 2008, Sears won re-election by finishing first for the two-seat Bennington District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 12,097 votes ahead of Democrat Robert Hartwell (8,975), Republicans Gerald Woodward (5,166) and Ruth Harvie (4,987), and write-ins (34).[7]

Sears raised $10,745 for his campaign, against $5,795 by Hartwell, $5,700 by Woodward, and $6,270 by Harvie.[8]

Vermont State Senate, Bennington District
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Richard Sears (D) 12,097
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Hartwell (D) 8,975
Gerald Woodward (R) 5,166
Ruth Harvie (R) 4,987
Write-ins 34

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sears is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Sears raised a total of $34,312 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[9]

Richard Sears's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $11,105
2010 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $12,462
2008 Vermont State Senate, District Bennington Won $10,745
Grand Total Raised $34,312

2012

Sears won re-election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sears raised a total of $11,105.

2010

In 2010, Sears received $12,462 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]


2008

Sears raised $10,745 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Federal Express $500
Corrections Corporation of America $500
Vermont Association of Realtors $400
Vermont State Dental Society $250
Patrick Winburn $250
Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association $250
Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC $250

Voting record

2011-2012

The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute.[12] Here's how Sears voted on the selected bills:

Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012
National Popular Vote Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Green Mountain Care Tax Bill Free Speech Health Exchange CVPS Rebate Cloud Computing
Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N

Personal

Sears has a wife, Beverly.

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