Andy Watts announces his Independent candidacy for the Chittenden 8-3 seat in the Vermont House of Representatives. As an Independent, Andy will not be beholden to the goals of the major parties and will truly represent the residents of Westford and the rural part of Essex.
Andy has started his third 3-year term on the Essex Town Selectboard where he has earned a reputation for doing the necessary research to understand issues and for listening to input from his constituents. As a member of the Essex Town Selectboard, Andy has fought to return surplus funds to the taxpayers and has limited the impact of municipal service costs to seniors and other fixed income residents. He was instrumental in developing a methodology for focusing Essex Town Human Service funds where they are needed with this year’s focus on Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Family Support, Affordable Housing and Food Insecurity. Additional funds were also allocated to address issues specific to Covid-19 where Andy found creative ways to funnel funds to where they are needed most. Andy has also consistently supported property rights and, as a member of the governance sub-committee, has fought for recognition of the diverse needs of all Essex residents. As a Vermont State Representative, Andy will use his experience as a Selectboard member to work hard for the residents of Westford and rural Essex.
Andy has volunteered extensively in the schools and with the Essex Town Boy Scouts. He has coached soccer and has had a long affiliation with the Essex-Jericho-Underhill Foodshelf. He has also been a service leader at work organizing site-wide volunteer events at IBM and GlobalFoundries. Andy and his wife, Janet, are long-time residents of Essex where they raised three boys together. In addition to being on the Selectboard, Andy enjoys playing ukulele with the neighborhood band and biking and kayaking with his wife.