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Gene Leon, running for House in deep blue Montpelier, calls free speech suppression ‘discrimination’

Gene Leon, Republican candidate for Vermont House for Montpelier, during public access TV debate

By Guy Page

The sole Republican in the race for Montpelier’s two House seats quoted a Democrat president opposing mailed-in ballots.

“Mail in absentee ballots remains the largest force for voter fraud,” Gene Leon of Montpelier quoted Pres. Jimmy Carter during the October 5 debate produced by ORCA public access television and available on YouTube.

Apart from the fraud potential, mailing every voter a ballot more than a month before the election makes it hard for relatively unknown candidates – like Leon – to make their case to voters, he said.

“Early voting being held before debates such as this is very fair, and it’s not inclusive,” Leon said. “It favors incumbents and insiders, and limits the ability of newcomers to get the word out.”

Leon, a businessman and property manager who has started two recycling initiatives in and around Montpelier, is the lone Republican seeking a win in the two-seat race. Both incumbents (Democrats Mary Hooper and the recently deceased Warren Kitzmiller) announced this spring they would not be seeking re-election. Leon is running against independent Donna Bate, Democrats Connor Casey and Kate McCann, and Progressive Glennie Sewell.

Leon also recommends converting unused or underused state buildings into housing to reduce Vermont’s housing shortage.

When the candidates were asked about promoting diversity and fighting discrimination, Leon criticized squelching of free speech and political differences.

“Discouraging and prohibition difference of opinion and political dissent is another form of discrimination, and is causing a great deal of division in our country right now,” the descendent of emigres from Fidel Castro’s Cuba said. “What makes our country unique is our diversity. And what makes our country united is the inclusivity that is already in the melting pot that is the United States.”

“We do need to continue equal opportunity and practice positive, ethical fairness in our state,” he added. 

He also said more energy diversity can reduce the current high costs of energy.

Fellow candidate Connor Casey, a Montpelier City Councilor, praised Leon for successfully advocating for the reduction of the speed limit on Berlin Street.  

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  1. Looks like I’m voting for Leon. Funny I’ve never seen that Carter quote regarding mail-in voting. Maybe because the media’s Daddy is liberalism. So, Carter, an anti-Israel bigot, was actually right about one thing.
    The far-left Democrats cannot see themselves for what they have become, fascists.

  2. Gene, you have my vote as well…Montpelier critics only want radicals who aren’t tolerant of others political viewpoints and personal beliefs…let them feel the fallout of their own Blue Flu…

  3. If the people of Montpelier vote for Conner Casey they will vote for anything running as a demorat. Currently, the (Executive Director) of Gun-nonsense Vermont, this guy is communist-lite. Of course, he’s not from Vermont and has failed at every position he’s tried including Vermont Democratic Party Exec. He preaches gun control but actually bought one for himself. Did he get any training, ask him. Elections have consequences, voting for morons is not the best way to improve Vermont. As a local visitor of the Montpelier and Barre bars, he has name recognition as a beer lover.

    • What’s not for Montpelier to like? His resume is right out of central casting. Worked for Teddie Kennedy. “Organized” for the NEA. A vote in Mayor Anne Moonbeam’s pocket on the Montpelier City council. OF COURSE they will vote for him. And Satan will be very pleased.

      • I know, disgusting how Montpelier has spiraled into the crap hole it is. Used to be a great little city before the idiot apocalypse.

    • In addition:
      His track record as a council member is quite weak, chairman to a public bathroom committee with no meetings, approval of budgets raising property taxes yearly, no immediate action plan to address the housing crises, approved homeless task force committee and the homeless issue has tripled, 🤔, approving city ordnance’s without public vote & dismissing opposing arguments. Vandalizing public property with political paint without public input or vote nor considering environmental impacts, using massive PAC $ to drive out other candidates with propaganda for nonpartisan positions, failed union leadership for state employees with the pension plans in jeopardy, promoting agendas for more gun restrictions rather then safety & training, an underfunded, overworked police department,.. etc..etc..

    • And to just add:
      Poor track record, a chairman to a public bathroom committee w/ no meetings, approval of budgets raising property taxes yearly, no immediate action plan to address the housing crises, homeless task force member & yet the homeless issue has tripled, 🤔, approving city ordnance’s without public vote & dismissing opposing arguments. Vandalizing public property w/ political paint without public input or vote nor considering environmental impacts, using massive PAC $ to drive out other candidates w/ propaganda for nonpartisan positions, failed union leadership for state employees w/ the pension plans in jeopardy, promoting agendas for more gun restrictions rather then safety & training, an underfunded, overworked police department,.. etc..etc..

    • Poor track record, chairman to a public bathroom committee w/ no meetings, approval of budgets raising property taxes yearly, no immediate action plan to address housing crisis, homeless issue has tripled since approving the task force, 🤔, approving city ordnance’s without public vote & dismissing opposing arguments. Vandalizing public property w/ political paint without public input or vote nor considering environmental impacts, using PAC $ to drive out candidates in nonpartisan positions, failed union leadership for state employees w/ pension plans in jeopardy, promoting agendas for more gun restrictions rather then safety & training, an underfunded & overworked police department,..etc..etc..

  4. Just to add:
    His track record as a council member also quite weak, a chairman to a public bathroom committee with no meetings, approval of budgets raising property taxes yearly, no immediate action plan to address the housing crises, since approving the homeless task force committee the homeless issue has tripled, 🤔, approving city ordnance’s without public vote and dismissing credible opposing arguments. Vandalizing public property with political paint without public input or vote nor considering environmental impacts, using massive PAC $ to drive out other candidates with propaganda for nonpartisan positions, failed union leadership for state employees with the pension plans in jeopardy, promoting agendas for more gun restrictions rather then safety and training, an underfunded, overworked police department,.. etc..etc..

  5. I hear stories from the old timers of what Montpelier once was until the swamp creatures took over.

    Montpelier currently:
    with no public restroom, decaying infrastructure, no parking garage, no culinary school, the arts college on its way out, empty lots, empty spaces, empty city mall, high priced useless boutiques, high priced restaurants, no more golf coarse which is now neglected, contaminated river, garbage in the river, poor quality of water, torn up roads,… and yet I’m still here…running for office, nor running away…

  6. Jut to add to the poor track record;
    chairman to a public bathroom committee w/ no meetings, approval of budgets raising property taxes yearly, no immediate action plan to address housing crisis, homeless issue has tripled since approving the task force, 🤔, approving city ordnance’s without public vote & dismissing opposing arguments. Vandalizing public property w/ political paint without public input or vote nor considering environmental impacts, using massive PAC $ to drive out other candidates w/ propaganda for nonpartisan positions, failed union leadership for state employees w/ pension plans in jeopardy, promoting agendas for more gun restrictions rather then safety & training, an underfunded, overworked police department,.. etc..etc..

  7. Oops
    Sorry folks I’m new to WordPress, looks like my replies got repeated, my apologies..
    Stay strong, stay engaged and do not fear.

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