An honest voice for working families
David Durfee is committed to developing an economy that works for everyone, pursuing sustainable energy policies that confront climate change, and protecting local control of education. David has made it his life’s work to advance community interests while maintaining fiscal responsibility. As the general manager of a local food co-operative, David oversees a $5 million operating budget, more than 40 employees, and serves 1500 members. He has been an honest voice of reason on SVSU school boards for the last six years. As the longest serving director on the Shaftsbury School Board, and a seasoned representative on the Mount Anthony Union School Board, David has led with courage and heart. He combines his experience as a former educator with his business expertise, bringing reason to impassioned budget impasses. In addition to serving on school boards, he was appointed to the town Budget Committee and Ancient Roads Committee. He is a member of the Shaftsbury Democratic Committee and has twice been a delegate to the State Democratic Party Convention. David was the founding director of the Shires of Vermont Marathon fundraiser for United Counseling Service's Children and Family Services program. He graduated with a BA from Williams College and received an MBA from Cornell University. He lives in the heart of Shaftsbury, Vermont with his wife, Melanie, their three sons, and a small flock of hens.
David has spent the last 18 years living, working, and volunteering on the ground with community members throughout Bennington county. His work is a reflection of his commitment to key issues that impact working people and families.
Energy policies that confront climate change
Protecting our environment, our water, and our air is paramount to our health and well-being, and to the well-being of the Vermont economy. As the manager of an organic, local food cooperative and community advocate, David understands the impact of climate change and pollution. If elected to represent the people of Shaftsbury, Sunderland, and Glastenbury, he will fight to support policies that protect our environment and keep Vermont at the forefront of climate change solutions.
Local control of schools and education funding
Does the community wish to have a lower or higher teacher to student ratio? Is art education, music instruction, and additional support in the classroom important to residents? Each year, our towns get to decide what they wish to support in our schools by voting for their local school budget. David believes that local control of education and funding is essential to a vital public school system that reflects the priorities of the community.
An economy that works for everyone
Developing an economy that works for everyone, not just the few, is a moral and financial imperative. Sustainable economies are equitable economies, with budgets that are crafted to support not only industry, but Vermont's working families-- the lifeblood of our state. Affordable, high quality childcare, housing, and healthcare are key areas David will put his two and a half decades of financial and budget forecasting expertise to work for families in Bennington county and throughout the state.
If you have an issue or question you'd like to discuss, do not hesitate to contact David.
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