Pawlet Native to Run for Vermont House of Representatives
Edgar Cleveland, 67, a life-long resident of Pawlet, has declared his candidacy for Vermont House of Representatives for the Rutland-Bennington District. Cleveland is campaigning to represent the towns of Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Tinmouth and Wells. “There is a need for change in Montpelier,” declared Cleveland, “and I know that I can help drive that change. I’ve been a farmer and rural postal carrier; I know how to listen. I’ve heard folk’s frustration and their fears.”
“Locally, we need to grow full time jobs and cultivate life long opportunities,” he states. “In the past, our five towns were prosperous. We are dairy, maple, slate, fishing and hunting; we have an opportunity now to expand our district’s appeal by maximizing our green recreation, encouraging local vineyards and breweries, and utilizing our rail trail. We need good infrastructure to renew commerce so that our towns will thrive as they have in our past and guarantee our future.”
Raised on the family dairy farm, Cleveland is an avid supporter of 4-H, and is currently a vice president for the Rutland County Agricultural Society d/b/a Vermont State Fair (and an active member of the Society for over 40 years.)
Cleveland is in his third term on the Town of Pawlet Select Board, a member of the Pawlet Community Church, the Pawlet Historical Society, a Pawlet Library volunteer, and a former board member of the Pawlet School District. Active in the Maple Sugar Makers’ Association, Cleveland is a supporter of Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association.