Shepard gearing up for Republican House nomination

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Bennington Senator Mark Shepard says he plans to build a strong grassroots organization to help him win the Republican U.S. House nomination.

Shepard says he’s not at all concerned that most party officials are supporting the candidacy of Martha Rainville.

Shepard is a two-term senator from Bennington County who owns an electrical engineering company.

He’s says he running for the U.S. House because he wants to focus on ways to reduce the federal budget deficit, expand health care opportunities and allow greater use of national forest lands.

Shepard isn’t convinced that Rainville’s military experience necessarily translates into being an effective legislator. He says being in Congress is different from being at the top of a military organization.

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