A few days before writing this commentary my husband went into town on a quick errand. When he didn’t return for a longer time than expected, my first thought when I began to worry was this: Could there have been an act of gun violence?

Although our school buildings are quieter this time of year, the South Burlington School District has been abuzz with transitions, summer programming and preparations for the upcoming school year.

Not sure about you, but I’ve been made quite forlorn by the glut of disturbing current events. Whether it is a 10-year old girl in Indiana or a child in the Ukraine, how can one unplug from all this dire news when people are suffering?

In 2000, Vermont was the first state to enact legislation recognizing civil unions. In 2009, it was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through legislation.

As a Catholic pastor, I try to put my faith ahead of temporal objectives. Ask me which candidate I might endorse for some office, and I will first read you 3,000 words on Catholic theology and the functioning of democratic elections.

I support reelecting Thomas Chittenden as our state Senator for a variety of reasons, but most of all for his dedication to the citizens of Vermont.

I’m voting for Lewis Mudge for Senate, and I want to encourage others to do the same. He is invested in our towns in Chittenden County, serves tirelessly on the Charlotte Selectboard and has three kids in the school system.

Thomas Chittenden’s voice and advocacy is much needed in the Vermont Senate, in my opinion, and I urge you to reelect him. He has supported the development of workforce housing at the city and state level, including permit reform to facilitate in-fill development.

These days we are reminded every day why we need candidates to volunteer and defend democracy. In our state Senate race we can choose a candidate — Lewis Mudge — who will stand up for democracy and fight for human rights here as he has done in my home country: the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I work across Chittenden County, and I support Lewis Mudge as a candidate for state Senate. He is on the selectboard in Charlotte. I ran against him for his current seat and have been very impressed with his leadership and positive influence thus far.

I encourage you to join me and vote for Thomas Chittenden in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. Chittenden is a proven leader and remarkable public servant, both as a state senator and as a South Burlington city councilor.

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