Richard Davis To Run For One Year Brattleboro Selectboard Seat

January 18, 2024



Richard Davis, a 74 year old semi-retired nurse, writer and political activist has announced his intention to run for a one year seat on the Brattleboro selectboard.

A Boston area native, Davis has lived in Windham County for the past 45 years, 41 of those years in Guilford and for the past 2 ½ years in Brattleboro with his wife Roberta Levy.

He feels that the current board needs new blood to provide a different perspective on issues important to the people of Brattleboro.

Many people have been frustrated at the appearance of a lack of transparency that has surrounded the actions of the current board, especially in relation to the decision to end a long-standing relationship with Rescue Inc.

Davis feels that any new board member should be prepared to promote as much transparency as possible while asking difficult questions and demanding clear and relevant answers.

He believes that some of the current issues of concern to residents are high property taxes, the lack of affordable housing, the viability of downtown businesses and public safety.

While it is clear that one person cannot change the course of local politics, a thoughtful and creative voice can go a long way to moving local government in new directions.

Davis, with Daryl Pillsbury, created the Windham County Heat Fund in 2005 and they have raised almost one million dollars of local money while providing over 2000 allotments of fuel to local families and individuals to pay heating fuel bills.

He served on the Morningside Shelter board for 13 years, four as president, and he was a co-founder of Guilford Cares. Davis writes a weekly blog on current events and posts it on iBrattleboro. He was a weekly columnist for the Brattleboro Reformer for 25 years, writing mostly about health care issues.

As executive director of the Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health he lobbied for the creation of a single payer health care system in Vermont and worked for over 25 years with local and national health care activists to promote a universal health care system.

He welcomes any thoughts and concerns about town government. He can be reached at or at 802-254-2240.

Richard Davis
63 Cedar Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Comments | 2

  • Yes!

    This makes me happy. Go Richard!

  • And so say I!

    I appreciate your willingness to serve, Richard. As I’ve said elsewhere, I believe that in general, our Selectboard members (past and present) are sincere about serving our public, but we do need more participation by citizens, and I’ve admired your thought and views for years. Thanks for stepping up.

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