Starr, Dems Show Strong Backing for John Rodgers

GLOVER - Shortly after 7 PM Monday, Democrat John S. Rodgers officially launched his candidacy for the Vermont State Senate. Speaking to a small crowd gathered under a white tent behind the Parker Pie Company in West Glover, VT, Rodgers spoke about his intention to do what is right for his constituents. Rodgers urged voters to trust his record. Rodgers said that Republican opponent Bob Lewis, who has been endorsed by outgoing state senator Vince Illuzzi, may have been in Montpelier "to occupy a seat," but while Rodgers served in the Vermont House, he was there to get things done.Speaker of the House Shap Smith and Sen. Bobby Starr were there to offer their endorsements in person, as was Rodger's campaign manager Judy Bevins, former Chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party. Rodgers also read written endorsements from U.S. Sen. Peter Welch and former House Minority Leader Patti Komline.