BERLIN — Jeremy Hansen of Berlin, Vermont, an associate professor of computer science at Norwich University and vice chair of the selectboard in the Town of Berlin, has announced that he will seek a seat representing Northfield and Berlin in Vermont’s House of Representatives.
“Over the past year, I’ve watched Bernie Sanders bring issues like college affordability, climate change and a living wage to a national audience, and feel it’s critical to continue driving those issues forward here in Vermont,” says Hansen of his motivation to run. Like Sanders, he has pledged not to accept any campaign contributions from corporations or from groups that accept corporate contributions, and asks all candidates in Berlin and Northfield to take the same pledge.
Hansen went on to describe a major issue that concerns him and his constituents. “When Vermonters who want to get a college degree look at UVM and our state college system, they really get sticker shock.” Indeed, a Kaiser Family Foundation report showed that Vermont is 43 in the nation in terms of spending on higher education.
State Senator Anthony Pollina agrees that reducing the cost of Vermont’s colleges is crucial and praises Hansen’s run. “Jeremy would be a valuable colleague in the House and would help the Legislature come up with solutions to problems like the steep cost of Vermont’s in-state tuition. I encourage everyone concerned about these issues to support Jeremy’s candidacy,” Pollina said.
“When we’re fourth in the nation in corrections spending and near the bottom in education spending, it’s obvious that we need to rethink our priorities,” responded Hansen.
Hansen also relishes the opportunity to help Vermont tackle other tough problems: combating climate change, reducing income inequality and ensuring healthcare for every Vermonter. A number of other prominent Vermonters have expressed their support for his run.
“Jeremy is an intelligent and level-headed guy who brings a strong work ethic and critically important skill set to solving the unique problems Vermont will be facing in the coming generation. Vermonters are fortunate that he has a strong commitment to public service,” said Berlin physician Dr. Marvin Malek.
State Senator and Lieutenant Governor candidate David Zuckerman continues with additional praise, saying “Jeremy and I see eye-to-eye about the need for ending marijuana prohibition, enacting universal health care, making college affordable and ensuring that Vermont’s taxes are fair and progressive. I look forward to working with a problem solver like him in the State House next year.”
“Jeremy pays close attention to detail, is highly motivated, well organized and incredibly resourceful, but his greatest attribute is his involvement with the people and the desire to represent them. Whatever the issue, he has focused on finding solutions and providing thoughtful, informed guidance to Berlin, and he will do the same for us as a state representative,” added fellow Berlin Selectboard member Pete Kelley.
In 2014, Bernie Sanders said that Jeremy “understands the Legislature needs to work for low-income and middle class Vermonters.”Hansen maintains that his efforts are focused on people, and insists that government needs to do a better job in helping people improve their lives, but recognizes that there are times when it should get out of their way.
Born in Wisconsin, Hansen earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees while working fulltime in the field of information technology. He moved to Vermont to accept a position at Norwich University after receiving his PhD. At Norwich, Hansen teaches a variety of topics in computer science and information security, and conducts research on privacy, security of medical systems and social choice theory.
He serves on the Berlin Economic Development Committee, the Board of Directors of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department and the Faculty Senate at Norwich University.
Hansen lives with his wife and two young children in Berlin.
For more information, contact Jeremy at 279-6054 or email@example.com.