Senate Democrats to hold caucus on Saturday

The Senate Democrats are holding a caucus on Saturday to select a new majority leader and assistant majority leader. Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, was reinstated as the caucus top pick last month after a runoff with Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier.

Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Burlington, is running for the second-in-command slot. Earlier this week, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, dropped out of the running for majority leader. The seat was left vacant when Bill Carris of Rutland resigned from the Senate last month for health reasons.Sen. Anthony Pollina, D/P-Washington, is putting his hat in the ring for the assistant majority leader slot.

Both senators are part of the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, while Campbell and Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle, are considered to be more moderate Blue Dogs.

The caucus will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.

Anne Galloway

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