To the editor: Pearce for state treasurer

Our state treasurer, Beth Pearce, was enormously helpful to our communities in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, especially the actions she took to help our towns through the cash flow burden we faced to repair our municipal infrastructures so badly damaged that day.

I represent two of the towns that suffered the highest financial damage in the state, Wilmington and Halifax. Pearce worked creatively and tirelessly with legislative leaders, the governorโ€™s office and with banks and other financial institutions to identify financial resources to help towns until insurance or FEMA funding came through.

It wasnโ€™t just her skill in managing large sums of money that I valued, it was also that she stayed in touch with town managers, clerks and treasurers to be sure that they were OK, to see how she could help them solve their problems.

One of the other things I especially like about Beth Pearce is her commitment to enhancing financial literacy of people of all ages, but particularly the program she created that last year was used by 124 elementary schools.

I admire the skill, experience and commitment I have seen in Beth Pearce, and I am pleased to support her to continue as Vermontโ€™s Treasurer.

Sincerely,

Rep. Ann Manwaring,
Windham 2 representing
Halifax, Whitingham and Wilmington

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