Write-in Tabitha Moore for High Bailiff

Write-in Tabitha Moore for High Bailiff

In November, put the power back in the hands of the people!

We need a civilian with experience working in and with law enforcement serving as High Bailiff. As the one person in Rutland County who has authority to arrest the sheriff on state warrants, the High Bailiff has an important role in safeguarding our rights! But when this position is held by an acting member of law enforcement, a rivalry between the sheriff and the High Bailiff could lead to a misuse of power that undermines our safety. The opposite is just as dangerous—when the High Bailiff is just waiting his turn to become sheriff, it could lead to cronyism, with law enforcement escaping oversight as the sheriff and High Bailiff close ranks.

The High Bailiff’s position exists so that we can avoid that problem. The people chose to reserve oversight of the sheriff so that they would never be put in the position of being at the mercy of a corrupt system. So it only makes sense that we elect a civilian.

But this civilian needs to have experience working in and with law enforcement. They need to understand the demands of the job while never losing sight of what’s best for their community. Tabitha is that person.

At the Onondaga County Probation Center, Tabitha served as both the Assistant Director of Juvenile Detention Services and as a Probation officer. In these positions, Tabitha prepared social investigations and pre-sentence reports for the court; coordinated with families to divert youth from the justice system; acted as a liaison between families, judges and county attorneys; developed emergency safety plans; and supervised training for staff. She also delivered training to law enforcement in Tompkins County, NY on serving populations that do not receive the same level of service as other populations, including immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ community, Blacks, indigenous people, and people of color.

Tabitha is currently collaborating with law enforcement through her work on the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council Fair and Impartial Policing Training Committee. And she is contracting with the Department of Corrections and the Town of Essex and Essex Police Department on community relationships and policing. In the past, she has also collaborated with:
* Vermont legislators working on several legislative items to improve policing in Vermont
* Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Michael Schirling, on the development of his 10 point plan
*Rutland City Police on efforts to improve community outreach and service.

But Tabitha’s qualifications don’t stop there. Her training and work in psychology and therapy make her well-qualified for de-escalating crises and mediating between various parties. As President of the Rutland Area NAACP and Training Coordinator at the University of Vermont, Tabitha has the administrative and leadership experience to step in temporarily for the sheriff if they’re incapacitated (until the Governor appoints a replacement). And as a mother with strong roots in the community, Tabitha will always prioritize the safety and well-being of the people of Rutland County.

Tabitha for High Bailiff!

Follow Tabitha on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TabithaMooreForHighBailiff

And learn more about her qualifications and the role of the High Bailiff: https://tabitha4rutland.wordpress.com/

Shorter election season – Volunteer now!

A shorter election season means we need to donate & volunteer for candidates now!

In the Vermont Primary, voters returned their mail-in ballots quickly!

  • 10% were returned within 2 days of the voter receiving the ballot
  • 25% were returned within 5 days of the voter receiving the ballot
  • 50% were returned within 12 days of the voter receiving the ballot
  • 75% were returned within 20 days of the voter receiving the ballot

Everyone in Vermont will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. And these mail-in ballots will be sent out in mid-September. So we need to be campaigning hard in September and October!

Tell your friends and family

Share this post with 10 of your friends and/or family members in Rutland County to make sure they got it. 

Share on social media

Are you on social media? Be sure to follow the candidates and the Rutland County Democrats:

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rutlanddems/
  • Twitter @RutlandDemocrat
  • Instagram rutlanddemocrats
  • SnapChat – The Rutland County Democrats are also on SnapChat but they can’t figure out how to use it effectively. So if you or someone you know can help, send them our way.

Like and share posts. Write your own posts and tag the candidates and/or the Democrats and we’ll boost them!


Links to the candidates can be found at


Be on the lookout for details about doing a literature drop. We would be leaving literature at people’s doors, not knocking on the doors or having a conversation. We would be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. If we do this, we will be trying to hit the entire county by October 10th. So we need a lot of volunteers!

Write postcards, make phone calls, and/or put out lawn signs for your favorite Rutland County candidate. Or join a Rutland County candidate in holding signs and waving at passersby! (While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, of course.) This is a great way to boost visibility and name recognition for your candidate.

For Rutland County candidates, see the list of Events in our calendar or contact the candidates directly through the contact information listed here:

Phonebanking with the Vermont Democratic Party has already begun! Right now, they’re focusing on initial outreach to voters about the issues that matter to them. There will be more opportunities to phonebank for state-wide candidates in the future. To find an event, go here:

Letters to the editor

Write an op ed or a letter to the editor supporting your favorite candidate. Or share your reasons for not voting for their opponent – help inform the public! (for an example, see https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/letters/nix-peterson/article_dc483eba-6020-5131-bb33-8c5c1a230a05.html)

  • Rutland Herald – https://www.rutlandherald.com/site/forms/letters
    • They’re now charging for letters to the editor in support of a candidate, and the letter is treated like an advertisement, and printed randomly throughout the paper rather than with the letters to the editor. Depending on length, the cost varies between $15 – $75. But we think that they’re still treating criticism of a candidate as a regular letter to the editor – printing it with the letters and not charging.
    • But it appears that the Rutland Herald is still treating letters that question a candidate’s qualifications as a regular letter to the editor. It looks like they’re being printed with the letters and I don’t believe that they’re charging.
  • Mountain Times https://www.mountaintimes.info/contact-us/
  • The Lakes Region Free Press  https://manchesternewspapers.com/contact-us/

Let us know if you need tips on what to write or want someone to proofread your letter. And if you’re not comfortable writing the letter yourself, but would be happy to put your name on a letter that someone else writes if the content strikes your fancy, we can help with that too!

The below tips for writing letters to the editor were derived from https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/write-letters-editor-really-get-attention/


  • Newspaper editors see your letter, and editorial boards are important local institutions. They interview and endorse candidates during campaign season, and their opinions carry a lot of weight.
  • Seniors see your letter. Seniors are seen as one of the big audiences for letters to the editor. They also vote in big numbers, something Legislators are also very aware of.


Ask party leadership if they have letters that have already been written that you can submit under your name. Many election committees have volunteers churning these letters out. They will probably have a letter that really speaks to you and seems perfect for submission under your name.


  1. Find your local newspaper’s Letters to the Editor submission email on their website.
  2. Check the newspaper’s word limit, sometimes as low as 150-200 words.
  3. Focus on 1 topic. If you have 2 points or your letter gets long, write a second letter. Be clear and concise.
  4. Be yourself. You don’t need to talk like an academic or a policy expert. Remember, you’re a passionate constituent who other constituents might identify with—and that’s the most powerful thing you can be.
  5. Include a couple of points, a statistic and a personal note.
  6. Submit to smaller local papers, not just the nearest big city paper. You’ll have a better chance of getting published. And, it maximizes that feeling that the whole district is paying attention!
  7. Many newspapers require a phone number. It won’t be published. This is just to verify your identity.


1. QUESTION A BAD CANDIDATE’S “BRAND.” Pull from the “Biography” page of the candidate’s website.

  • “Congresswoman Sara prides herself on being an independent voice that’s above the fray in Washington. But so far this year, she’s been a rubber stamp across the board…”  
  • “Congresswoman Sara ran for office as a fiscally-responsible conservative. That’s why it’s ironic that she’s considering voting for this bill, which  ___.”

2. KNOW THEIR RECORD. Research a candidate’s record on their website, in the news or in the legislature.

  • “Congresswoman Sara said that she would only vote for a bill that ___. Her record shows the opposite.”


  • “Does Congresswoman Sara think that (residents) are all ____?  What she doesn’t seem to realize is that we are also __.  Her decision to ____ was extremely out-of-touch.”

4. SHOW THEM YOU HAVE A LONG MEMORY. Talk about an issue that’s not in the headlines.

  • “This Fourth of July, I am still shocked remembering Congresswoman Sara’s un-American comments on the Muslim ban, and I’m disappointed she has never apologized.”


  • “My family has always gone to ____ Hospital. I’m really concerned about what would happen to it under the new bill Congresswoman Sara is considering.”
  • “With this spring’s flooding, (Town) is already feeling the effects of extreme weather. It’s amazing that Congresswoman Sara still raises any doubts about the science behind climate change.”

6. DEFY STEREOTYPES. Papers receive many letters from strong liberals/conservatives. Show you’re different.

  • “While I may not always agree with Congresswoman Sara, I have always admired her commitment to making herself accessible to constituents all around the district. That’s why I’m so disappointed that___.”
  • “I’ve supported candidates from both parties in the past. But Congresswoman Sara has really lost my respect with her steady shift towards ___.”


Don’t sweat it! It’s not personal. Newspapers get hundreds of submissions. They may print your next letter.

Your letter may help boost the signal on others’ letters even if it wasn’t published. When editors see a lot of letters coming in on a particular topic, they are more likely to print at least one on the topic.

You should still post the content of your letter on social media, tagging candidates you’re boosting. And email the content to RutlandCountyDemocratsVT@gmail.com to share on the Rutland County Democrats Facebook page.

Ultimately, letters to the editor are a long game. Keep trying. Your voice makes a difference.

Rutland Co is losing!

Rutland County comes in 5th on completing the census!

Have friends & family taken the census yet?

We’re lagging far behind other counties in the state. And 45 other states (including Washington DC) have a higher rate of completing the census than Vermont.This will hurt Vermont and Rutland County!Take the census & send the link to your friends & familyhttps://2020census.gov/en.html?emci=08e03b8e-39de-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&emdi=fe130e10-95e0-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&ceid=4077357

Why does the census matter?

  • Census data determines how much federal funding we get for education, infrastructure, health care, housing assistance, and other more.
  • According to VPIRG, Vermont gets about $4,000 per resident in federal funding every year.

Time is running out to complete the 2020 Census. Be counted!

Take the census & send the link to your friends & family: https://2020census.gov/en.html?emci=08e03b8e-39de-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&emdi=fe130e10-95e0-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&ceid=4077357

Taking the census will also ensure that census-takers don’t have to risk their lives in a pandemic knocking on your door!

Anyone looking for a temporary job should consider applying to be a census taker!The work lasts until at least Sept. 30th and can be full or part-time. Vermont is paying $20/hour plus bonus pay for Sunday. And Vermont is trying to hire 1,000 more people! Help Vermont get counted. Here is the link to apply:

Thank you!