Q&A with Arnie Gottlieb
A forum on the Bennington County State’s Attorney election will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, featuring State’s Attorney candidate Arnie Gottlieb, who will give a presentation on the significance of the State’s Attorney position in determining the path of justice within the county and discuss his background in law and the strategies he will bring to the position if elected. Q&A with the audience will follow. The event will be held in the school’s Hunter Seminar Room. Gottlieb is a Democratic candidate challenging Democratic incumbent State’s Attorney Marthage in the August 14 primary election. With the groundswell of grassroots activism sweeping the country in the past two years, there has been an increasing awareness of and focus on the issues of mass incarceration, racial justice and opioid addiction, and an increasing focus on how those charged with crimes are prosecuted and how frequently they are incarcerated. In most states, those decisions are made by District Attorneys; in Vermont, prosecutors are called State’s Attorneys and are elected by county. The forum is organized by MoveOn Manchester, a group of local residents whose goal it is to educate and engage voters in the electoral process by reminding them of their own power to shape policies and practices both locally and nationally through their informed vote.