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Campaign `’22: Former Eagle Scout prepared to seek Montpelier House seat

Addison County farm bureau legislative forum Sept. 22 / Balint endorsed by groups opposed to ‘big money’ campaign contributions

by Guy Page

Citing the need for more balanced government, an artist and independent contractor has become the fifth candidate in the crowded race for Montpelier’s two seats in the Vermont House of Representatives.

Gene Leon

Shortly after the August 9 primary, Gene Leon was nominated to run by the newly-established Montpelier Republican Committee. He will face Democratic nominees Kate McCann and Conor Casey (currently a city councilor), independent Dona Bate (also a city councilor), and Progressive Glennie Sewell. Neither incumbent will be running for re-election. 

Leon is a Cuban-American former Eagle Scout and Scout leader, and father of two daughters. Professionally he is an independent contractor, property manager, and artist.

Leon was active with a Cuban American foundation, which advocated for social and economic justice. As a son of exiled immigrants who escaped the tyranny of communism, he said in a recent statement that he “understands all too well the importance of ending racism and division in our country.”

Leon ran in a March 1, 2022 special election to the Montpelier City Council to represent District 3, losing to Jennifer Morton.

For more information, contact Leon at creativeartsvt@gmail.com

Farm Bureau to hold legislative forum – The Addison County Farm Bureau will hold a legislative candidate forum Thursday, September 22 from 7-8:30 PM at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Vergennes.

The doors will open at 6:30 PM to give candidates and constituents an opportunity to chat. Refreshments will be served. 

Anti-big donor groups endorse Balint – Just a couple weeks after Becca Balint benefited from a $1.1 million donation from a cryptocurrency exec, she accepted endorsements from two groups dedicated to stopping the influence of Big Money in political campaigns.

End Citizens United and Let America Vote endorsed Becca Balint for the U.S. House of Representatives. Both organizations say they work to elect candidates that will end the cycle of big money influence in politics, protect the right to vote, and ensure that working people decide our elections, not the billionaire class.

“Congress needs an anti-corruption and voting rights champion like Becca Balint to deliver results that favor all Vermonters. As an ally of working families who rejects corporate PAC money, Becca is not afraid to stand up to Big Pharma, corrupt Republicans, and special interests trying to buy policy outcomes,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “We look forward to helping her become the first woman to represent Vermont in Congress.”

“I’m proud to be endorsed by End Citizens United and Let America Vote because I’m running for Congress to protect our democracy. We must overturn Citizens United, get big money out of politics, and ensure every person has equal access to the ballot box,” Becca Balint said.

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