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Mark Snelling to speak at Ilsley Library

MIDDLEBURY-Mark Snelling, an Addison County resident and candidate in the 2010 race for the Vermont lieutenant governor's seat, will speak at the meeting of Addison County Republicans on Friday evening, May 21.

Snelling will provide insights into his vision for the future of Vermont. The meeting, to be held in the wheelchair-accessible downstairs of the Ilsley Library on Main Street in Middlebury, begins at 7 p.m.

Snelling will speak to the open meeting of Republicans and the general public and then answer questions from those in attendance. Light refreshments will be available after the meeting.

The candidate and his wife Linda have lived in Starksboro for more than three decades. He earned his bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University in 1974.

In recent years, Snelling has served as the Volunteer president of the Snelling Center for Government, as a member of the Vermont Climate Collaborative, as co-chairman of Gov. Douglas' Commission on Downtowns and Growth Centers, as chairman of Gov. Douglas' Council of Environmental Advisors, as chairman of the board of directors for Housing Vermont, as a member of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Board of Trustees, as a member of the board of KeyBank of Vermont, as a member of the board of United Ski Industries America, as a member of the board Associated Industries of Vermont, as a member of the board of American Ski Federation, as a member of the board of the Vermont Land Trust, as co-chairman of the board of Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and as an advisor to Lt. Gov. Barbara W. Snelling.

Under the leadership of chairman Lew Burridge, the Addison County G.O.P. is eyeing gains in the November election and beyond.

"The party of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Calvin Coolidge, George Aiken, Ronald Reagan, Jim Douglas, and Brian Dubie is committed to individual liberty, traditional family values, and Yankee thrift," said Meg Barnes, secretary of the Addison County Republicans.

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