Incumbents sweep Democratic primary for Washington County Senate

The three senators who represented Washington County the past two years again won the Democratic party’s nomination on Tuesday.  Sen. Anne Cummings, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, looks set to win re-election in November along with Sens. Anthony Pollina and Andrew Perchlik, who both carry the Democratic and Progressive party tags.  Theo Kennedy, who […]

Vermont ‘shattered the previous primary turnout record,’ SoS office says

The Secretary of State’s office said in a tweet late Wednesday night that “it appears Vermont voters have shattered the previous primary turnout record.”  The office didn’t provide specific numbers. Secretary of State Jim Condos previously told the media his office would not have turnout numbers the night of the election. But prior to the […]

Incumbents top field in Rutland County Senate primaries

Three Republicans ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary in their bid to gain three seats representing Rutland County in the Vermont Senate, while on the Democratic side four candidates vied for three party spots on the November General Election ballot. In the four-person contested Democratic primary race, incumbent Cheryl Mazzariello Hooker of Rutland City was coasting […]

Linda Joy Sullivan fails to beat Doug Hoffer in auditor’s race

Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, D-Dorset, fell short in her bid to oust Doug Hoffer from the auditor’s office.  Sullivan is a moderate Democrat, a contrast to Hoffer, a Progressive/Democrat. She said it was time for a new pair of eyes in the auditor’s office. Hoffer won his first election for auditor in 2012.  The other […]

Democrats James and Bongartz to take on newly independent Browning

Incumbent Rep. Kathleen James and Seth Bongartz will face Rep. Cynthia Browning in November’s general election.  James, Bongartz and Manchester business owner Jamie Dufour were competing for two Democratic spots in the Bennington-4 House race on November’s ballot.  Browning has held her seat, as a Democrat, since 2007, but is running this year as an […]

Henry Pearl wins three-way Democratic primary for Kitty Toll’s House seat

Henry Pearl won the Democratic primary in the Caledonia-Washington House district, setting himself up to face GOP candidate Bruce Melendy for a seat long held by Rep. Kitty Toll, D-Danville. Pearl garnered 520 votes in the district, which covers the towns of Cabot, Danville and Peacham. Fellow Democratic candidate Peter Griffin won 350 votes, while […]

As Chittenden Senate race heats up, incumbents all in top six

With 17 out of 29 Chittenden County towns reporting, including Burlington, incumbent Ginny Lyons is leading the pack of Senate candidates, with newcomer Kesha Ram following behind closely, according to AP election results.   Incumbents Phil Baruth and Michael Sirotkin are followed by newcomer Thomas Chittenden in fifth, with incumbent Chris Pearson coming in sixth.  The […]

Mulvaney-Stanak knocks off O’Sullivan for Chittenden 6-2 House seat

Emma Mulvaney-Stanak has knocked out four-term incumbent Jean O’Sullivan for the Democratic nomination for the Chittenden 6-2 district in Burlington. Mulvaney-Stanak is a former Burlington city councilor and former chair of the Vermont Progressive Party.  She said the margin of her win — 58% to O’Sullivan’s 42% — was unbelievable, but she’s glad her campaign […]

AP calls GOP primary for Scott, but can Klar beat the Stern line?

The Associated Press has called the Republican primary for governor for the incumbent, Gov. Phil Scott.  The victory against John Klar, a farmer and former defense attorney, was expected. Of note, however, will be how Klar — the anti-Scott Republican candidate of 2020 — compares with Keith Stern’s performance in that role in 2018.  Stern […]

Taylor Small celebrates primary win in Winooski with Kesha Ram

Taylor Small has won her race for the Chittenden 6-7 House seat over opponent Jordan Matte, taking another step toward becoming Vermont’s first openly transgender state rep. According to a receipt read directly from the Winooski city clerk only a few minutes after the Winooski polling location closed, Small claimed 928 votes over Matte’s 291. […]

First results in as towns report 2020 primary results

As of 7:42 p.m., five towns had reported primary results. The early submitters were Highgate, Westford, Wells, Pawlet and Dover. The candidates holding the very early lead?  Phil Scott (R) and David Zuckerman (D) in the gubernatorial races, and Molly Gray (D) and Meg Hansen (R) in the LG races.  Go to VTDigger’s home page […]

VTDigger’s pandemic primary photo gallery

VTDigger photographers fanned out across the state on Tuesday to capture the sights of an election radically altered by concerns over the spread of Covid-19. See the full gallery with images by Mike Dougherty, Anna Watts, Justin Trombly, Emma Cotton and Kevin O’Connor.

GOP candidate for Welch’s U.S. House seat has $589,900 in the bank

A candidate in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has put in more than half a million of his own money into his campaign. Jimmy Rodriguez, who is running against three other candidates for the chance to challenge Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., in the general election, has a […]

Southwestern town clerks report smooth new process, high voter turnout

Despite altered setups and polling location changes due to Covid-19, clerks in several southwestern Vermont towns have reported high numbers of returned absentee ballots and higher than expected numbers of in-person voters Tuesday afternoon.  In Manchester, town clerk Anita Sheldon helped orchestrate drive-through voting in the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Masked volunteers stationed at […]