Roger Allbee is currently the CEO of Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont. He is the former Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont. He grew up in Brookline on a hilltop farm where he attended local schools, and after graduations from UVM, and military service, and graduate studies at UMASS, he was engaged in professional agriculture, food policy, and resource related work in both the private and public sectors at the international, national, and regional levels. Roger's educational background and professional work reflects his commitment to the continued advancement of agriculture and local food systems and community values. He has been an early advocate for the Working Landscape Initiative in Vermont for agriculture and forestry, and he has been part of the group of leaders building the consortium for a higher education food systems collaborative in the state. He was an advisor the the President of Vermont Technical College on the creation of an Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems. He also chairs the Advisory Committee to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. Roger has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from UVM, and the Honor Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America. He was a finalist for Vermonter of the Year by the Burlington Free Press. His passion for Vermont and commitment to his community, and the region is noteworthy.
Roger Allbee has announced that he is a candidate for the Vermont State Senate, representing Windham County as a Democrat. "I have decided to be a candidate for the Vermont State Senate as I am passionate about Vermont and our local communities and believe that my life experiences and knowledge of the issues, the region, and the legislative process will benefit not only the residents of our county but also Vermont. This is important as we tackle the important issues affecting our quality of life. Affordable health care, education, energy, local and regional food systems, job creation, and increasing our high tech competitiveness will be some of the foundations of my campaign. I have always found a way to bring people with differing viewpoints together to get a mix of ideas and approaches to work though issues, and often it leads to much better solutions."