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Familiar Republican joins Dame on ballot in Essex Junction’s House race

News Release — Friends of Paul Dame
Aug. 29, 2014

Friends of Paul Dame
82B Park St.
Essex Junction, VT 05452

Essex Junction – When polls opened on Tuesday’s primary election, the three known house candidates, Paul Dame, Tim Jerman and Linda Waite-Simpson stood outside the Essex High School greeting voters.

But soon they were joined by a fourth, familiar face – Tim Allard – who was to join the ballot in November as well. Seeking a second candidate as a running mate Paul Dame, along with help from the newly active Essex Republican Party, was able to recruit Allard to run in November’s election.

Tim Allard, who has run before, fell just 14 votes shy of winning the seat in the 2010 election. “It’s great to have an active party here in Essex,” said Tim. “I didn’t have that when I ran last time.”

Dame & Allard were able to recruit a sizable Republican turnout in this low-profile primary to help ensure Allard surpassed the minimum 25 write-in votes needed to get on the November ballot. According to the official vote count from the Essex Town Clerk, Allard received 80 of the 90 write-ins. Dame, who was on the ballot, received 179 votes.

Tim Allard says he hopes this turnout is a sign of things to come in November. Dame was also optimistic about Tuesday’s results. “Today was a great start to the campaign season. I’m glad to have Tim in the race with me. Together we’re going to be able to bring attention to the situation facing young people in Vermont. We’re both trying to raise families here, trying to make a career here, and I don’t see it getting easier with what’s going on in this community. Tim and I are looking forward to working towards a more affordable Vermont for everyone; from young families like ours to seniors on fixed income, but we need some changes if we’re going to create a brighter future for Vermont.”

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