For Immediate Release
October 7, 2015
Media Contact: Whytnee Bush
TJ DONOVAN ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 15, 2015 CAMPAIGN KICKOFF EVENT
Campaign Receives Early Endorsement from State Treasurer Beth Pearce
Burlington, VT – TJ Donovan announced today that the formal kickoff of his campaign for Attorney General of Vermont will take place at October 15, 5:30 pm, at the St. John’s Club in Burlington, Vermont. The event is being co-hosted by over 100 Vermonters, including former Governors, state and local elected officials, community leaders, and friends. The Donovan campaign also announced an early endorsement by Vermont’s Treasurer Beth Pearce.
“I am deeply humbled and greatly energized by the outpouring of support folks have expressed for my campaign, including an endorsement from our great State Treasurer Beth Pearce, one of the finest public servants in Vermont,” Donovan said. “This campaign will be about carrying forward my commitment to transparency, fairness and practical problem solving to the Office of Attorney General.”
Donovan, born and raised in Vermont, has been the elected State’s Attorney for Chittenden County since 2006. During his time as State’s Attorney in Vermont’s largest county, Donovan has been heralded for his leadership in taking innovative approaches to addressing not only the results, but the causes of crime in Vermont, and has been a tireless advocate for victims. During his tenure, Donovan has aggressively pursued domestic violence crimes and ensured victims receive all available resources. He was also one of the first public officials to bring the issues of opiate abuse and its impact on our state into focus in Vermont. His advocacy on this issue has led to greater awareness and the enactment of a number of initiatives that have helped increase public safety, save lives and strengthen communities throughout Vermont.
Donovan continued, “I believe the Attorney General, first and foremost, should be an advocate for the people of Vermont. By working with Vermonters, the office can be an effective agent for positive change.” Donovan listed a number of issues he would like to focus on during the campaign and as Attorney General, including:
- Coordinating efforts to eliminate elder abuse;
- Ending the school-to-prison pipeline;
- Ending Vermont’s reliance on private prisons;
- Increasing enforcement of civil rights laws;
- Enhanced enforcement of Vermont’s environmental protection laws;
- Protecting workers’ rights;
- Providing concrete guidance on campaign finance law; and
- Continuing his work to reform the criminal justice system and address the opiate epidemic on a state-wide level.
Donovan also noted that, if elected, one of his first acts will be to establish an independent review committee to vet proposed contracts with the Attorney General’s Office in order to identify and avoid conflicts of interest.
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