On Monday, February 5, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be honoring five Vermonters for their commitment to promoting democracy.  She will be presenting the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Medallion Award to the Honorable Lynn Bohi, former state representative from White River Junction; and to Chris Graff, longtime journalist from Montpelier.

 She will also present the Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy Award to the Honorable John Hall, former legislator from Newport; Janice Santiago, Director of the Northgate Residents Association in Burlington; and Joyce “Birdie” Wyman, retired town clerk from Arlington.

 The Medallion Award is a program established by the National Association of Secretaries of State in 2001 to honor individuals, groups, or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in one or more of the following areas:  improving elections, with special emphasis on voter education and increasing voter participation; civic education, including the teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state government--specifically, as it relates to improving democracy in the state.

 The Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy Award honors individuals and organizations that have shown an outstanding commitment to promoting democracy in the Vermont

 The award ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State House.  Justice John Dooley will be the featured speaker.  If you would like to attend, please contact Ginny Colbert at 802-828-2148.


Ginny Colbert

Executive Assistant to Secretary Markowitz

Vermont Secretary of State's Office

26 Terrace Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1101

phone 802-828-2148

fax 802-828-2496


Deborah Markowitz

Secretary of State

26  Terrace Street

Montpelier, Vermont 05602