I finished fourth with 11% of
the vote. Thank you everyone involved in my
"I am running because I am not happy with the growth
of government. Having been elected and served in the
past, I know I can do something about it."
Atkinson Enters Vermont State Representative
July 28, 2006 David Atkinson of Braintree this week
announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives
in the Orange-Addison-1 District, which includes the
towns of Braintree, Brookfield, Granville and Randolph.
He said the focus of his campaign will be to address
the growing cost of government on working families and
small businesses by reducing taxes and burdensome regulation,
to advocate the development of green energy sources
such as wind, solar, and hydro, and to promote the restoration
of local decision making powers in the education of
Atkinson, age 65, has extensive experience in town
government politics and has served on numerous committees
and boards, most recently as a two-term member of the
Provincetown (MA) Select Board.
"My desire to serve is driven by my concern for small
businesses and working families in Vermont," Atkinson
said. "When you are concerned about the continued quality
of life in our diverse community, you have to be aware
of the growing cost of government."
Citing the fragility of the current economic climate
in Vermont, Atkinson continued, "We need to increase
opportunities for small business, not opportunities
for governmental expansion. When we begin to reverse
decades of uncontrolled government growth, more productive
jobs will be created; productive jobs that pay livable
wages, make health care more affordable, reduce threats
to our environment and improve the quality of education
for our children."
While serving as an elected official, Atkinson was
as close as the phone when citizens needed answers.
"Vermont is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
We are blessed to have such a diversity of towns and
villages, each a place with true community spirit. The
quality of life we enjoy comes from our diversity, our
community spirit and our willingness to help each other."
Atkinson has deep roots in Vermont, first moving to
the state in 1981. He purchased his current Braintree
home in 1997. Since 1990, he has owned and operated
Picture Perfect Tree Surgery.