This letter is from Greg Bibens, general manager and marketing coordinator for Ace Hardware in Colchester, Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Springfield, Woodstock and Brattleboro.

On Aug. 9, I am voting for Ted Kenney for Chittenden County State’s Attorney, who I whole-heartedly believe will effectively address the crisis we are facing with the opioid epidemic, increase in gun violence and retail theft.

Gun violence is now a common headline. The opioid epidemic continues to rage. Retail theft has skyrocketed. People no longer feel safe walking alone in the evening on Church Street. As a local retailer myself, I have seen first hand how our local businesses lose thousands of dollars to theft and have no recourse in the courts because charges are not filed and offenders are not held responsible.

The last theft we experienced, the offender simply smiled at the security camera as he walked out with stolen goods, knowing full well he would not be held responsible for his unlawful actions with the current policies in place.

While I agree with those that say we cannot arrest our way out of the drug and crime problem, there remains a need to hold those that harm others accountable, and Ted Kenney will do just that. We need a State’s Attorney who can work with community members and stakeholders in order to find solutions and to implement policies that will keep our community safe.

Ted Kenney has the experience to do the job having been a criminal defense attorney, worked in the field of child protection and having served his community in several leadership positions. I am voting for Ted in the Democratic Primary on Aug. 9, and I hope you will consider doing so as well.


Greg Bibens

Concerned retailer and citizen of the great state of Vermont.

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