Secretary of State-Elect Jim Condos has selected Brian Leven of Stowe to be the new deputy secretary of state. Leven has spent the last 12 years as an attorney for the Vermont Legislative Council. During that time he has served as counsel for the House and Senate Committees on Government Operations and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. These three committees are important committees for legislation pertaining to activities and operations of the secretary of state’s office.In 2002, he staffed the Senate Reapportionment committee which was responsible for redistricting of House and Senate districts after the 2000 US Census. Reapportionment will again be taken up this biennium with completion of the 2010 Census. And, this past year, he served as counsel to the Government Accountability Committee which is monitoring the progress of Challenges for Change.‘I am excited to have Brian join my team,’ said Secretary-elect Condos. ‘His knowledge and experience will prove invaluable as my office continues to serve Vermonters with positive outcomes.’Brian Leven lives in Stowe, Vermont, with his wife, Jacquie, and two children, Augie and Talula. He grew up in Danville and St Johnsbury. He graduated from St Johnsbury Academy, received a BA from the University of Vermont, and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law.In addition to playing music, reading, and enjoying the outdoors, Leven serves as chair of the Stowe Development Review Board.Jim Condos was elected to be Vermont’s secretary of state on November 2, 2010. Condos has over 20 years of elected public service including 18 years on South Burlington City Council, eight years as a Vermont state senator, along with over 30 years of private sector business experience.
The Rangers have banned indefinitely the unidentified male fan who directed racist comments and derogatory gestures at a Latino family during a game Saturday at Globe Life Park.The Rangers “are notifying the individual that he violated the club’s fan code of conduct and is indefinitely prohibited from attending Rangers home games,” the team said in a statement Friday (via ESPN.com). The move came after the team reviewed information about the incident, and the Rangers said they would have no further comment.In a post on Facebook, Jessica Romero said she, husband Ramon Romero and their son Nomar, 6, were sitting in the upper deck of the stadium in Arlington, Texas, when she overheard a man sitting in the row behind them make racist comments about Latinos and the man intentionally made profane gestures in the background of photos her family was taking. Related News The incident came only hours after the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which a Dallas-area man is accused of targeting Latinos.In their initial response, the Rangers offered the Romeros tickets to any home game in 2019, saying they would “make their next trip to Globe Life Park a memorable and enjoyable experience.” Raiders owner stands by gist of harsh A’s remarks, but sorry for coarse language The team also released a statement condemning the fan’s conduct: “The Rangers are committed to providing all of our guests with a safe and enjoyable experience and we are truly sorry that this family was subjected to this offensive behavior at Saturday’s game. There is no place at Globe Life Park in Arlington for this type of conduct to occur.”Rangers infielder Elvis Andrus, a Venezuela native who last month became a naturalized U.S. citizen, expressed to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram his dismay at the man’s behavior: “It’s 2019, man. I don’t understand why people nowadays are still thinking about that. Your race or your color, what’s the difference? We’re all human beings in the end.”The incident, the Romeros told the Star-Telegram, won’t deter them from returning to Globe Life Park. In fact, they still have six games remaining on their 10-game package. Nelson Cruz injury update: Red-hot Twins DH (wrist strain) lands on IL at worst time