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  Young, Sam
NameSam Young
West Glover, Vermont , United States
Born May 29, 1978 (44 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Jun 20, 2012 10:26pm
InfoSam Young loves Vermont! He was born into one of Vermont's well-known farming families, the Young family, whose ancestors arrived from Scotland shortly after the Civil War to proudly settle in West Glover, VT. Well before bailers and diesel tractors, generations of Youngs have pitched hay, picked stones, and lived off the land. Vermont's rich agrarian heritage truly lays the foundation of his upbringing. So does the sense that service to community is the key to happiness. Sam’s family has a proud history of civic participation including selectmen, listers and state representatives.

But Sam, like many young Vermonters, has witnessed an era of transition for Vermont families: An era in which children played more video games than worked the farm, in which Vermonters switched from party lines to e-mail and cell phones, and in which the power of the town meeting was usurped by the state government. For so many of us, it seems that we are now firmly marked by an era in which generations of Vermont families are threatened by the economic, technological, and bureaucratic inevitabilities of the modern world.

Sam Young's self-education in face of these changes began at a young age. He was only 12 years old when he bought his first computer with his paper route money and started selling database services to local businesses. Later, when confronted with financial barriers to a college education, Sam secured independent status and scholarships to support his enrollment at the University of Vermont. At UVM, his passion for studying Computer Science and Mathematics was trumped only by his experience as a member of the Lawrence Debate Union. Without a doubt, Sam carries these powerful lessons in civic voice, community debate, and policy analysis into his campaign for Governor.<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-->

Stifled by the limitations of a traditional school environment, and inspired by travels to the western United States, Sam left Vermont to study outdoor education at Prescott College in Arizona. The college's motto, "Education is a Journey, Not a Destination," would further propel a series of journeys around the world, including Mexico, Belize, the Virgin Islands, and Scotland. Most notably, Sam worked with a seed-saving organization in Australia, and for a children’s theater and cultural exchange group in Cuba. Experiences such as these illustrate a broadened perspective from which Sam hopes to bring together the voices of Vermonters and infuse innovation in the
public decision-making process.

No place could ever be truly called home than the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His active role as Justice of the Peace is a significant sign of that bond, whether he is marrying loving couples or reciting the voter’s oath to young registering voters.

Sam also served on the Board of Directors and as a CAD Designer for the Old School Builders (read more) a Vermont based timberframing company. “Sam was a great asset to our crew and provided the technical expertise and internet savvy that we required to take our business to the next level. He has continued to work with many small businesses and has been a great benefit to the community” says Old School Builders president and Glover selectman Keone Maher.

Sam continued his goals of both preserving and growing local community by working to revive the country store in West Glover. The Lake Country Parker Country Store now has the huge local following to sustain a restaurant, the Parker Pie Co. (read more), create jobs for youth, and support markets for local agriculture.

As a free-lance web developer for ten years, Sam has developed the skills for the next age of digital democracy. His most recent accomplishments are with NEKinfo (read more ), a local Internet marketing and website service designed to help foster growth in rural Vermont. Sam was managing websites for 60 local businesses prior to taking a leave absence to run his campaign.

Sam Young, as a candidate for Governor, stands proudly in solidarity with the often unheard, but most definitely concerned, voices of our rural and youth communities. The immediate challenges that face our state government require long-term and sustainable solutions, not lip-service. We need solutions that honor the spirit and ingenuity of Vermonters, while preparing our families and communities for the 21st century economy. Sam knows that this can not be accomplished without the support and collaboration of all Vermonters!

Freedom and Unity.



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