As your State Representative in the Vermont State House I seek re-election because I want Vermont to be the healthiest place to live in America. I seek re-election so that I can continue the work to support you — my constituents — and all Vermonters, the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I want to do my part to honor the words of American Patriot Thomas Paine by working for justice and peace and rights and democracy. Paine wrote in the Rights of Man, "When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good."
Ultimately, I am running in the hope of making that vision of society become a reality in Vermont.
Prior to my legislative work for Bennington-4 these past two years, I proved my skill by successfully leading organizations. For over a decade one of the organizations I led required that I manage a multi-million dollar budget and oversee a very large staff. My job descriptions have always included assessing the organization and then crafting a vision based upon its needs. Every organization is different but each has similarities. One of my gifts is seeing the larger picture. I understand what it takes to plan for the future. Vermont needs much better long-range planning. Vermont needs help thinking futuristically. It needs people with vision to set a long-range plan with attainable benchmark goals and needs to work toward reaching those objectives over the next decades.
I have the long-range vision to help accomplish what Vermont needs for the 21st Century — which is to find ways to avert problems, prevent negative outcomes, offer basic services to grow healthy families and save Vermonters money in the process.
A Brief Bio... Steve Berry of Manchester, Bennington Co. District 4, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1950. He was raised in West Brookfield, MA, and Eden, Vermont. He received a BA, from Johnson State College, Johnson, VT (1977), a MDiv from Yale University (1979), a DD from Piedmont College, Demorest, GA, and a DMin from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA (2001).
Steve is a published author and has produced documentary films on social and spiritual change in Europe and the USA. While attending the Jung Institute in Zurich Steve met and married Carol Marchand, in Switzerland in 1974. Back in the U.S., Steve felt a call to serve. He became a pastor in Eden and North Hyde Park, VT, then in St. Louis, MO, and Queens, NY, before becoming Senior Minister of the prestigious First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.
In 2001 he returned to Vermont to pastor in Manchester. Steve is an activist who believes in
— a Healthy Citizenry,
— a Healthy Democracy, and...
— a Healthy Environment.
Steve has spent the last several years tirelessly opposing nuclear arms, our incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan while fighting for human rights and climate change initiatives. He created a soup kitchen, was a leader in Habitat for Humanity, has raised millions of dollars for not-for-profits, and has supported Vets, single parents, the Elderly, the Disabled and Working families. He cowrote the RFP for Cable TV Rights and Standards for St. Louis, was a press secretary for a presidential candidate, created an art gallery and film forum and an adult learning center. He was a chaplain in the LAPD. The United Nations Association presented Steve with the Ralph Bunche Peace Award following the Los Angeles riots. He and Carol have three grown sons
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P.O. Box 858
Manchester, VT 05254