Todd Pritsky '91

 

House and Home

A guy who once pontificated from a saggy armchair in his Mary Low dorm room is seeking a wider audience for his political vision. Todd Pritsky ’91 is running for Vermont House of Representatives. 

Todd Pritsky ’91, a former technology consultant, is running for the Vermont House of Representatives.
Todd Pritsky ’91, a former technology consultant, is running for the Vermont House of Representatives.

Two years ago he ran as an independent but came up short. “I was a complete neophyte,” he said. This time around, he’s grounding his effort in the Democratic Party. 

One thing that won’t change, he says, is his stance as an average guy. Last campaign, he went door to door with his toddler in his arms, saying, “This is my son, and he’s why I’m running. I want him to have health care, educational opportunities, and food that’s pure.” Dressed in jeans and his campaign T-shirt (with son Sam in a campaign onesie), Pritsky wanted to show voters that he wasn’t “some rich, well-financed guy, but just like you.”

A Russian and philosophy double major, he credits Colby for fostering his critical thinking. “I was taught to look at the world and see interconnectedness,” he said. “I have a liberal view of the world, which is sometimes a hard sell in politics.” 

For 17 years Pritsky taught and consulted on technology and information security for global telecommunications companies, federal and state governments, and academic institutions.

His political ambitions spring from being a stay-at-home dad. As he puts it, “I can no longer run around the country and world for peace and justice work.” As the father of a 2-year-old, he says he feels pressure to ensure his child grows up in a “place that’s nice.”

—Erika Mailman ’91