Meet the candidates: Two third party candidates running for Senate10/16/08

Oct. 16, 2008

Larkin Forney (Justice for Vermonters)

Town of residence: Milton

Age: 31

Profession: Student (in between schools), self-lawyer (Family and Supreme Courts) and writer

Number of years living in Chittenden County: 28 years

What is the most important issue facing Chittenden County? If elected, how will you address that issue? What I think the “most” important issue is isn’t necessarily going to be what other people believe. Everybody’s experiences and opinions differentiate in some way.

I, however, have had some unique experiences, and I think an important issue is some seemingly unethical officials (judges, prosecutors, police officers) making bad decisions that waste resources and tax dollars, and jeopardize the integrity of the entire “justice” system, while putting society at risk.

False reports were shoved down my throat by unethical officials in 2005. The same judge, Brian Grearson, who let Brian Rooney go, prolonged my hearing for seven months instead of letting my witnesses testify, just to convict me.

I would work at restoring integrity to the justice system and holding bad judges accountable — ending immunity.

Tom Licata (Independent)

City: Burlington

Age: 49

Profession: Financial analyst

Number of years living in Chittenden County: 15 years

What is the most important issue facing Chittenden County? If elected, how will you address that issue? Our economic turmoil — nothing which has been witnessed since the Great Depression — is the most important issue facing not only Chittenden County, but our nation.

Addressing this issue will require difficult choices; requiring our leaders to tell us not what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. As a nation, we have lived beyond our means and this moment in history requires us to return to those principles which made us great: that of hard work, frugality, common sense, family and sacrifice. So that our children may have a better life, we may have to sacrifice some portion of our standard of living today for that of tomorrow's generation.

Together, I am very hopeful that we can hand to our children a better tomorrow.