Britton to challenge Leahy's U.S. Senate seat in 2010

WOODSTOCK - Vermont small businessman Len Britton confirmed he will run for the United States Senate in 2010 on a platform stressing jobs, national security and sustainable government budget policy.

"I'm running to restore prosperity to Vermont and put this country back on sound, sustainable financial ground," said Britton, a ninth-generation Vermonter with ancestors who served as Vermont governors and in the U.S. Senate. "A 10.2 percent unemployment rate means we need jobs, not massive bailouts. I want to help small businesses with innovative, efficient programs. And I want better protection for all Americans from predatory financial interests."

Britton is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Senate. He is challenging Democrat Patrick Leahy for the Senate seat Leahy has held since 1975.

"Business as usual from Washington insiders has brought us to the brink of economic calamity and run up $12-trillion in debt for our children to repay," said Britton. "It's time for citizen legislators to change the air on Capitol Hill. Concerned Vermonters statewide are responding to my message. Someone has to stand for fiscal sanity and a stronger America."

Britton will announce his campaign with a series of Vermont media appearances focused on the need to change Washington's elite political culture. Britton believes members of Congress should spend more time in their districts among constituents.

Britton, age 54, married and the father of five children, owns and operates a lumber, hardware and landscape business in East Woodstock. His first involvement in Vermont politics was as a volunteer for President Gerald Ford's 1976 campaign. Britton's forebear Moses Robinson was an early U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1791-96, and also served as governor. Another ancestor, John Robinson, was governor 1853-54, and a more recent relation, Allan Britton, served in the state legislature in the 1950s.

To learn more about Len Britton see www.lenbritton.com.

(See the print editions of The (Addison) Eagle and Rutland Tribune for a photo of Len Britton.)

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