CHITTENDEN - Bob Baird of Chittenden announced his candidacy for the Vermont State Senate. He is running as a Democratic for one of three seats that represent all towns in Rutland County except Brandon.
Baird, who is the Chittenden town moderator, has been a selectman and planning commission member.
"I have always seen public service as my contribution towards improving the greater community. Rutland County is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but we need more jobs and opportunities for young people." Baird said.
Baird, who grew up on his family's farm in North Chittenden, has managed the farming operation since graduating from UVM in 1973. He focused on dairy production until 1996, and now raises dairy replacement heifers and is one of the region's largest maple syrup producers, marketing maple syrup from over 5000 taps. Baird Farm was selected as Vermont's Conservation Farm in 1999 by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
Baird also worked part time as the Southern Vermont Agricultural Director for the Vermont Land Trust. For 11 years he worked with farm owners who voluntarily conserved their land and also helped young farmers get established on conserved farms. He has been involved with numerous other non-profits and is currently on the board of Shelburne Farms
"Having milked cows for 23 years, I know the meaning of hard work and would be dedicated to effectively representing Rutland County. The issues facing our county and state are complicated, and I am challenged and humbled by this opportunity to work on them," he said.
Baird and his wife Bonnie have two daughters, one a recent college graduate, and the other a UVM student.