Rep. Jerman joins ranks of legislators not seeking re-election

After 12 years in the House, Rep. Tim Jerman, D-Essex Junction, won’t seek re-election to his seat in 2016.

“It just felt like it was time,” Jerman said Thursday, adding that he began pondering his political future in January.

“I think after 12 years it just feels like you’ve seen a lot,” Jerman said. “You’ve participated in a lot and you have a sense you’ve had a lot of accomplishments.”

Jerman broke the news at an annual village meeting with constituents in Essex on Wednesday night.

Jerman, 67, was first elected to the House in 2004 and he serves on the Education Committee. A vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party and a superdelegate to the party convention, Jerman threw his support behind Bernie Sanders in March.

Jerman said he had no plans to run for one of the two open Senate seats in Chittenden County, but added he has not entirely ruled out a future run for some political post.

His decision is the latest in a series of announcements by legislators not seeking re-election. He said the high number of retirements in the House and Senate represented a broad desire to usher in a new generation of legislators.

“We talk more about having some younger people come in here,” he said. “So it’s time to support that in action.”

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Jasper Craven is VTDigger’s political reporter. A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
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Craven covered Vermont’s U.S. Congressional delegation for the Times Argus in the summer of 2014, and worked as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of VTDigger.

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  • Jamie Carter

    Is it that they want a younger generation to come in or are the rats abandoning the ship they helped build with Shumlin before it sinks.

    I have a feeling that new people coming in will spend several years trying to right that ship.

  • Thank you Tim for your tremendous service. You always served thoughtfully and diligently. The Legislature will miss you.

  • Patrick Zachary

    Good We need new blood. No one is working on the real problems. Thanks for your service but no thanks for adopting to the problems we have now. Seems to be a constant