Charity Clark, former main of employees to the attorney normal, seeks major prosecutor put up

Charity Clark announces her candidacy for attorney standard at a press convention in Winooski on Monday, Might 16. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Updated at 1:05 p.m.

WINOOSKI — Charity Clark, who served as chief of personnel of the Vermont lawyer general’s office, is jogging to be the state’s best prosecutor. 

Clark, a Democrat, announced her candidacy Monday morning in the course of a kickoff occasion in downtown Winooski. She spoke from a podium on the sidewalk in front of the Champlain Mill with a team of supporters outside of her keeping “Clark For Attorney General” indications.

“I have seen firsthand what our communities are facing, and I know how to make the most of, leverage the Place of work of Legal professional Basic for the finest outcome,” Clark claimed. “I will be prepared on working day one to struggle to safeguard Vermonters and the condition we adore.”

Clark has served as an assistant attorney standard for the earlier 7 many years, including the previous four years as main of personnel.

“As attorney typical, I will deliver, for the initial time, a woman’s standpoint to issues like violence versus women,” Clark reported. “No lawyer typical in Vermont’s heritage has identified what it’s like to walk to your car or truck in a dim parking ton, keeping your keys in that particular way all women of all ages know.” 

Clark is searching for the write-up presently held by Vermont Attorney Typical TJ Donovan, who lately introduced he would not be in search of reelection.

Because Donovan’s announcement, Clark has said she was “seriously considering” running for the submit. She resigned from her main of staff posture very last week.

On Monday, she joined a race with a single other announced candidate, Washington County State’s Legal professional Rory Thibault, also a Democrat, setting off a principal contest. 

Clark claimed she has a different background and encounters than Thibault. She talked of her decades in the attorney general’s workplace holding top posts. 

“I have been part of the conversation with a seat at the desk this total time,” Clark reported. “I am incredibly seasoned, and I feel I have the knowledge that Vermont desires.”

Charity Clark. Photograph by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Among her obligations in the lawyer general’s place of work has been to supervise the client help program working with troubles these as frauds, identification theft and deception in the market.

“That’s some thing I’m genuinely passionate about,” Clark mentioned of the buyer protection regulation. “All of us in Vermont are people, so it definitely does impact all of us.”

Clark claimed she also would push legal justice reforms, these kinds of as expanding offenses suitable for expungement to clear away roadblocks from people obtaining loans, housing and careers.

Clark, who grew up in southern Vermont, is a graduate of the College of Vermont and Boston Higher education Legislation University.

Right before attending legislation school, she served as a policy analyst underneath former Gov. Howard Dean.

In producing her announcement Monday, Clark talked of her deep roots in Vermont and functioning in a small small business.

“As a daughter, granddaughter and terrific-granddaughter of smaller-town Vermont grocers,” Clark reported, “I have found firsthand the struggles of families hoping to make ends satisfy, of confused mothers, of older individuals, (who) in some cases could possibly need to have a very little enable.”

Charity Clark announces her candidacy for attorney general. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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