HINESBURG Republican Matt Galloway announced his candidacy for State Representative, serving the citizens of Hinesburg. I am running for office because I believe Vermont is facing some of the most serious challenges we have ever faced, and we need new leadership and a new focus in the Legislature to deal with them. Our jobs, our tax revenues (along with the social safety net those dollars support), and the security of our communities are in jeopardy. In order to protect and preserve the Vermont that we love while making sure it remains a place we can afford to live, our legislature needs to focus on issues that affect us in our own back pockets and our own back yards: Get our economy moving in the right direction again. Reform our tax system to ensure no Vermonter is priced out of our state by our state. Keep our children and communities safe with strict, effective anti-sex offender laws, such as a Jessicas Law for Vermont. These are the areas where we need action, he said. Vermont cannot afford to waste two more years in which a supermajority of Legislators ignores these issues in favor of boutique causes such as decriminalizing pot while making it illegal to advertise puppies for sale without a license. The political make-up Montpelier has tilted way out of balance and, as a result, become increasingly partisan and out-of-touch with the needs of regular people. I look forward working with the people of Hinesburg to restore a bi-partisan balance in the State House, and to return the focus of our State government where it belongs, to the issues and problems Vermonters need solved here at home. Galloway, age 42, works for the Good News Garage as a driver providing transportation to needy families.