I want to thank VFW 5095 for the kindness shown to my family, including my brother, U.S. Army Lt.Colonel Steven Gamblicher, this past Veteran’s Day. It was an honor to be among our local veterans.
This past election week, Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath of damage and loss of power, presented hurdles for hundreds of families in the 34th District -- but it did not dampen their enthusiasm for participating in our democracy. I am pleased so many voted. I am honored to be your new State Representative-Elect, and humbled by your support.
Many people helped to make this campaign a success and they deserve recognition. Above all is my wonderful family. I would never have been able to devote the amount of time necessary to this campaign had it not been for their support. My husband Scott, and our children Brittany and Bryan, placed many of their own activities on hold so they could help out.
Good friends David Balthazar and George Linkletter led the campaign effort, which was supported by dozens of additional on-the-ground volunteers. Thank you to all of who donated time to support our platform of Economy, Community and Environment. People from all political parties attended our volunteer events, and many are now new friends! Special thanks to my long-time friends Laurie Miller and Mark Fortier for handling the treasurer and budgeting duties. I am proud, also, that my campaign primarily supported small, local businesses in the process.
There is also some bad news to report -- the state budget deficit is widening. The gap for this year is NOW projected at $300 million. The estimate for next year exceeds $430million. Tough fiscal medicine is needed at the Capitol.
Please tell me your priorities for the coming legislative session. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Ziobron, State Representative Elect ~34th District
(after writing this letter on Monday, it has been confirmed that the budget deficit is now $365 million and over $1 billion the following year)