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Governor-elect Shumlin names Jeb Spaulding to lead his administration

first_imgAlexandra MacLean is a native Vermonter who most recently served as Governor-elect Shumlin’s campaign manager. In this role she successfully helped Governor-elect Shumlin win both the primary and the general election to become Vermont’s next governor. Prior to the campaign, Alex served as Shumlin’s aide in the Senate President Pro Tem’s office. In addition to serving for three years in these roles, she holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Alex grew up in the North East Kingdom and continues to reside there today. Beth Robinson is a partner in the Middlebury and Burlington law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP. She was one of the leaders of Vermont Freedom to Marry, a group that successfully advocated for Vermont’s same-sex marriage law, which passed in 2009.Susan Barlett, a long serving member of the state Senate from Lamoille County, was one of Shumlin’s opponents in the Democratic primary. Despite that, she campaigned hard for Shumlin in the general election against Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie. Bartlett is frequently praised for her no nonsense approach to budgetary matters.Shumlin said he probably would not name any more staff before Thanksgiving, but did not entirely rule it out either.Spaulding was the highest vote getter in any race of the just concluded elections, receiving more than 90 percent of the vote. He was first elected in 2002, the same year Governor Douglas first won. Once Shumlin is sworn in Spaulding will officially step down, thus allowing Shumlin to appoint a new treasurer. Speculation on who would fill that position began immediately.Biographies of Senior AppointmentsJeb Spaulding has served as Vermont’s State Treasurer since 2003 and is currently immediate past president of the National Association of State Treasures. His Office is responsible for the State’s cash, debt, and investment management. During his tenure as Treasurer, Vermont regained a triple-A bond rating for the first time since the 1970s and now has the most favorable credit rating of all New England states. Spaulding has been tapped by the Vermont Legislature on multiple occasions to develop solutions to ongoing fiscal challenges, such as escalating pension costs and funding for deteriorating roads and bridges. As State Treasurer, he serves on the boards of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, and several other state-sponsored entities. Prior to being elected State Treasurer, Spaulding served eight terms in the Vermont State Senate from 1985-2000, where he served as chair of the Appropriations, Education, and Joint Fiscal Committees. Spaulding was a founder and General Manager of WNCS-FM in Montpelier and a partner in Precision Media, Inc. He has also served as the Director of the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology at Vermont Technical College, an adjunct instructor at Norwich University, and as Director of Adult and Technical Education at the Vermont Department of Education. Treasurer Spaulding earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. Pictured: Beth Robinson, Bill Lofy, Governor-elect Shumlin, Susan Bartlett and Alexandra MacLean. Jeb Spaulding is behind Shumin. Photo: Vermont Business Magazine Bill Lofy has 16 years of experience managing political and policy initiatives at the state, national, and international levels. In addition to serving for seven years as a senior advisor to Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and advisor to the Vermont legislative leadership in 2006-2007, he holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. For the past three years, Lofy has served as Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where his responsibilities included managing the transition for Senator Al Franken. Lofy is the author of an acclaimed biography of Wellstone and co-author of two campaign management books. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Cape Verde Islands in West Africa, Lofy also served as a development worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MacLean was Shumlin’s popular campaign manager and spokesperson and previously worked for him in his role as president pro tem of the Senate. Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding as Secretary of Administration was the most surprising name among the small group of senior appointments announced by Governor-elect Peter Shumlin this afternoon at his transition office in Montpelier. The four others named were Bill Lofy as chief of staff, Alexandra MacLean as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, Beth Robinson as counsel and Susan Bartlett as special adviser. See biographies below.While Spaulding was an early supporter of Shumlin’s and was often cited as a possible senior member of the governor-elect’s staff, there had been no acknowledgement by Spaulding that he was being considered. Spaulding stated at the press conference that he was content to keep his current job, but that when the governor-elect asked him to serve that that is what he felt he should do.Lofy was previously named as one of the senior members of Shumlin’s transition team. He formerly had worked for US Senator Paul Wellstone of Wisconsin. Lofy has held important positions in the national Democratic Party. Beth Robinson is a partner at the Middlebury and Burlington law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, where she has practiced since 1993. Her work spans a broad range of areas from groundbreaking constitutional litigation to representing claimants in workers’ compensation cases. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for her work. Beth may be best known for her role in Vermont’s freedom to marry movement. She served as co-counsel to the plaintiffs in Baker v. State, Vermont’s landmark case involving the constitutional rights of same-sex couples, helped lead the lobbying effort which led to the passage of Vermont’s civil union law in 2000, and helped lead the effort in 2009 that culminated in the Legislature’s passage of a bill extending the legal right to marry to same-sex couples. The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year in 2009 in recognition of her efforts. Beth graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1986 and from the University of Chicago Law School, Order of the Coif, in 1989.Susan Bartlett was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010. She was a small business owner in Stowe and in 1992 was elected as the first woman and first Democrat to represent Lamoille County in the Vermont Senate. She has served on the Appropriations Committee since 1994 and has been its Chair since 2001. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in educational administration from Johnson State College.Source: Vermont Business Magazine. 11.15.2010. Jeb Spaulding photo State of Vermont. Biographies supplied by Shumlin’s office.last_img read more

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IOC ‘fully committed’ to Tokyo Games despite virus: Olympics chief

first_img Loading… The International Olympic Committee is “fully committed” to holding the 2020 Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening new coronavirus outbreak, the body’s president has pledged.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said there had been no formal discussion about cancelling the Tokyo GamesThe IOC “is fully committed to a successful Olympic Games in Tokyo starting July 24”, Thomas Bach told Japanese media in a conference call late Thursday, according to Kyodo News.The comments came as the viral outbreak across Japan and dozens of other countries has fuelled concerns about the Summer Games, with a swathe of other sports events postponed or cancelled.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped up national measures to contain the virus, calling on organisers of large events to consider cancelling or delaying them.Everything from football matches and music concerts to the rituals that mark the opening of the March sumo tournament have been affected.On Thursday, Abe requested a nearly month-long closure of schools in a drive to curb the spread of COVID-19, linked to four deaths so far among nearly 200 known infections among the general Japanese public.Some 700 infections were also detected among about 3,700 passengers and crew on a cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan after one of its former passengers tested positive.Bach avoided directly addressing comments by senior IOC member Dick Pound, who hinted the Games could be cancelled if health authorities block travel.Pound also said, however, there has been no formal discussion among IOC members about cancelling the Games.In an interview with AFP, Pound said the Tokyo Games will go ahead as scheduled “absent some very serious and specific admonitions or regulations stemming from the WHO or the appropriate regulatory authorities”.“Unless there is a world situation that is so serious that the games cannot be held or that the regulatory authorities prohibit travel or that sort of thing, we’re carrying on,” he said.“But it would be irresponsible to carry on without having at least in the back of your mind that something might happen.”Bach said the priority now “is to ensure the qualification procedure and protecting the safety of athletes at the same time”, according to Kyodo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Most Handsome Indian Actors6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Read Also:Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for eight years for doping offence“This is what we’re doing in cooperation with the Japanese authorities, the World Health Organization, the Chinese Olympic Committee and many NOCS,” Bach said, referring to national Olympic committees.Disruption caused by the virus has affected Olympic qualifying in several sports, including football, boxing, badminton, handball and wrestling and sailing.Tokyo’s Olympic organisers have repeatedly said they are focused on holding a safe Olympics and Paralympics with the IOC’s full backing.last_img read more