Brock announces for Franklin County Senate

first_imgBrock announces for Franklin County SenateSwanton, Vt., July 1 — Former State Auditor Randy Brock has announced that he will be a candidate for State Senator from Franklin County.”Now more than ever, we need new, energetic leadership in the Legislature to deal with some of the most serious fiscal challenges that Vermont has ever faced,” said Brock. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves to help tackle these issues, and I believe I have the track record of working across party lines to solve real problems.”The Franklin Senate District, in the northwestern corner of the state, is one of Vermonts 13 senate districts. It includes all of Franklin County, except the towns of Montgomery and Richford, as well as the town of Alburgh in Grand Isle County.”Vermont is in a recession,” Brock went on to say. “Our jobs are evaporating and tax revenues are drying up. Property taxes, education spending and Medicare costs are skyrocketing. The housing market is in trouble. The cost of fuel is driving prices for goods and services higher. Our young people are fleeing Vermont in search of good paying jobs. And this winter, not just the poor, but also the middle class, will be suffering as a result of the highest fuel oil costs in history.”Brock accused legislative leaders of misdirecting their priorities on what he called “boutique issues,” like non-binding impeachment resolutions or trying to decriminalize marijuana while criminalizing advertising ‘puppies for sale’ without a license. “They should have been taking action on issues that are affecting the daily lives of every Vermonter,” he added.Brock said that if elected he would work to champion economic development, job creation, sound energy policy, affordable housing and property tax reform. Healso pledged to work on finding ways to solve the health care cost crisis.Recalling his term as auditor, Brock pointed to several high profile audits he led that resulted in millions of dollars in savings. He cited an audit of the Medicaid pharmacy program that surfaced hundreds of duplicate and erroneous claims, an audit of the Windham County Sheriff that exposed thousands of dollars of fraudulent spending and a review of the controversial Chittenden Regional Technical Academy that resulted in tighter controls over state construction contracting.Brock, a Swanton Republican, was elected auditor in 2004 and was narrowly defeated for re-election in an historic recount in 2006. “Although I seriously considered a bid for auditor this year, I decided that it would not be appropriate to run against someone who was serving his country in a combat zone and who would be unable to campaign,” Brock said. “I also feel that I could be of greater service in the Senate, where I could work on crafting solutions to Vermonts fiscal crisis.”Brock retired in 2003 as executive vice president of risk oversight for Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services companies. A Vermont resident since 1970, Brock has lived in Swanton for the past 22 years. He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.Brock is chair of the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and he is also a member of the association’s National Board of Directors. He is a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society and this year joined the board of the Vermont Law School.A Vietnam veteran, Brock left the Regular Army as a captain in the Military Police Corps. He holds the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.Brock holds a bachelors degree from Middlebury College and a masters degree from Yale University.last_img read more

20 considerations for secure cloud adoptions

first_imgCloud computing is here to stay.  As part of their ongoing technology education series NAFCU recently hosted Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) CIO, Chad Ritchie, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Enterprise Strategist, Mark Schwarz & Think|Stack CEO, Chris Sachse, and for discussion around Credit Union Blueprints for Secure Cloud Strategies.  The overall tone was that credit unions must act with more urgency to adopt a cloud first and security strategy to prepare for any future disasters or disruptions.  Members are relying on you as their trusted credit union to be ready.   Wherever you are on your cloud adoption journey, here are some best practices and trends to discuss with your team.Thoughts & TrendsThe adoption of a cloud first strategy is not a sudden revolution, it is an acceleration of a trend that has been slowly happening within the credit union industry but more rapidly outside of it. It’s time to take this opportunity to catch up to fintech and big banks. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Body pulled from the Loxahatchee River

first_imgPolice in Jupiter are currently investigating after a body was found floating in the Loxahatchee River.The body was located around 6:00 am near Central Boulevard and Riverwalk area on Friday.Not much is known about the incident at this time including the sex of the individual or their cause of death.Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.last_img

Local Artists: Looking for a Place to Sell Your Crafts?

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Gift Gallery LLCThe Gift Gallery LLC includes a wide variety of crafts, handcrafted foods, and local artists wares in it’s Tumwater location.The Gift Gallery LLC in Tumwater is seeking new crafters and collectors to feature in our store. We carry a wide variety of local and handcrafted merchandise, and are looking to add some new talent to our selection in time for the many gift-giving holidays and the tourist season ahead. If you’re an artist or antique collector looking for a place to sell your wares, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.The Gift Gallery LLC is a well-established destination for Washington-made gifts and souvenirs. We have been a part of the community for six years and are featured on, the Thurston County Visitors’ Map, and We hold monthly events for the public, including free professional jewelry appraisals and food tastings featuring items from our collection of local, gourmet foods.The Gift Gallery is currently seeking new vendors for their popular store in the Southgater Shopping Center.Come visit our location in the Southgate Shopping Center for further information on booth rentals, and better yet, bring an example of your craft along so we can determine whether our store is a good fit for you.The Gift Gallery LLC(360) [email protected]last_img read more