"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome to the Fred Baser for State Representative web site. First let me tell you a little about myself. Knowing a little about the person you are considering voting for is a good thing. Then there are three issues that I would like to discuss. These issues are the ones that I have heard talked about the most and they are issues the 2015 legislature will have to tackle. The solutions to these issues can help keep Vermont more affordable.
So who is this fella Fred Baser? I was born on November 4th 1947. My wife, Marian, and I have been married over 40 years. We had three sons and five grandchildren. Our boys went through the Bristol and Mount Abe school systems.
I graduated from Colgate University in 1970. Prior to moving to Vermont with Marian, I worked in New York City for a Fortune 500 company and then a small import/export firm. The recession of the early 70’s forced my employer to close their doors and Marian, whose parents lived up in Derby, Vermont, and I choose to move to the green mountain state to settle down and raise a family.
My first work experience in Vermont was for two radio stations in Middlebury, WFAD-AM and WCVM-FM. After twelve years with the stations, where my work was mostly in the advertising and the business side of the company, I choose to strike out on my own. I’d always wanted to own my own business. There is an entrepreneurial streak in my family. Having some affinity for finances, I jumped at an opportunity to get in involved in the financial planning profession. So in 1987, with a pad of paper, desk, phone, and my shoe leather, I struck out with the goal of building a business. Thanks to a loan from the former insurance firm, Bristol Insurance Agency, I was able to learn and grow in the planning business. In 1990 I established my own company, Bristol Financial Services.
In the years Marian and I have lived in Vermont, we have chosen to give back to the community in many ways. The United Way of Addison County, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the Patricia Hannaford Career Center school board, Bristol Select Board, the Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board are just some of the organizations that I’ve enjoyed being a part of over the years.
With the passing of the baton at my business, I now have the ability to focus attention on the race to become a State Representative, something many people have urged me to do for some time. My life’s experiences, communication skills, common sense, and desire to help Vermonters have lead me down the path towards a run for political office. That is where we are today.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy