Ferrisburgh Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has appointed Warren Van Wyck (R) of Ferrsiburgh to serve out the unexpired term of late Rep. Greg Clark in the Addison-3 District.
Van Wyck was sworn in Jan. 8 and immediately set to work in the Vermont Statehouse.
Van Wyck expressed his firm commitment to honoring the legacy of Clark and to "faithfully serving the people of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham."
Van Wyck said he will get up to speed quickly after the appointment.
"Previously I had been pleased and encouraged to be selected by fellow party members to be one of those recommended on Jan. 17, and also to receive community support via letters to the governor's office," he said. "Of much significance and encouragement to me, was the endorsement of Eileen Clark, who I had never talked to or met before Jan. 22."
The new legislator also thanked Gov. Shumlin for the appointment.
"That the governor selected me as 'a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the remaining portion of the term' is the most important and significant support. I am thankful to him for appointing me to fill the vacancy. Certainly I can not replace Rep. Greg Clark, yet, I’ll strive to honor his legacy, his party commitments and concerns of the voters of this district."
Van Wyck said he is looking forward to meeting more residents of the district, learning about their needs, serving the constituents of the district and honoring his constitutional oath.
"Since I only first considered this position four weeks," he told the Eagle, "I don't have a particular bill I plan to introduce. I'll include some goals: House of Representatives goals: Service for the constituents of the district, retain the younger generation in Vermont with economic opportunities, promote jobs, including high tech, with adequate wages for the high cost of living in this state, limit tax increases based on wage growth, promote technology for greater efficiencies in governmental operations, promote high quality and affordable post secondary education for current job market, promote agriculture, especially dairy farming, a major economic engine for the district, maintain services for the elderly, disabled, veterans, military families, and (create) order and safety in communities, as well as support crime prevention efforts."
The new state representative works as a senior analyst programmer at the University of Vermont.