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Town Meeting Recaps 2015 - See what voters decided in each town

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday was Town Meeting Day, where residents in each of Addison County's 23 municipalities and Brandon gathered to debate issues and vote for budgets and town officers. Below is our recap for each town.

Addison

Brandon

Bridport

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Leadership positions up for grabs in northwest part of county

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes and Ferrisburgh have more than their fair share of contested races on Town Meeting Day, while most — but not all — incumbents in those towns and in Addison, Panton and Waltham have decided to continue their public service.

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Two square off for seat on VUES board

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — One race on the Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot offers a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by a single vote: Former multi-term incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman is challenging incumbent Susan Ferland, the woman who unseated her three years ago, 329-328.

This time around, both are seeking a three-year term on the VUES board. A two-year term on the VUES board is also coming open, with Sue Rakowski running unopposed for that seat.

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Four candidates seek three city council seats

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer a race among four candidates — two incumbents and two newcomers — for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.

The race will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who chose to step down after a decade.

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Two seeking Ferrisburgh selectboard seat

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Two challengers who would be first-time selectmen, but have civic experience, are contending for one open seat on the Ferrisburgh selectboard.

Dennis Armell and Michael “Red” Muir are seeking to replace Sally Torrey, who will step down after a decade on the selectboard. Torrey, however, will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in a race for delinquent tax collector with former longtime town clerk Chet Hawkins.

Incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is also on the ballot, but is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board.

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New Haven selectboard candidates say solar is top issue facing town

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — Four candidates will face off for two seats on the New Haven selectboard in an unusually busy election season. The races will be decided by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 3.

Charles Roy and Jim Walsh are vying for a three-year seat, while Susan Smiley and Steve Dupoise Sr. are competing for a two-year seat. Roy, the incumbent for the two-year seat, is seeking the three-year being vacated by Roger Boise.

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Few races loom in ACSU communities

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local elections will rank low on the list of reasons to draw Middlebury-area residents to their respective town meetings this March.

Candidates for local school and municipal offices had until Monday to file their petitions with their town clerks. A survey of the seven towns that make up the Addison Central Supervisory Union show there will only be a handful of contested elections when Middlebury-area residents head to the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 3.

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Contests set for Vergennes city council, VUES board seats

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer two contested races, including a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by one vote, and a petitioned article.

It will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who did not file a petition by Monday’s deadline and will step down after a decade.

One of the races is the second go-around between Susan Ferland and Cheryl Brinkman for the seat on the Vergennes Union Elementary School board now held by Ferland. Both are seeking a three-year term.

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Deadline nears for local candidates

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Middlebury selectboard members Dean George, Susan Shashok and Donna Donahue all confirmed last week that they will run re-election on Town Meeting Day, when they could be challenged by candidates who have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, to file the necessary petition papers with 30 signatures at the town clerk’s office.

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Opinion: Voters' wishes were ignored

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



In this last election cycle a precious few enlightened Citizens beheld the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a lone echo, and they cast their votes in the hope of a rebirth, a renaissance, a new beginning. I was humbled and profoundly grateful for these heroic voters from across Vermont from Shelburne to Shoreham, to Orwell, Whiting and Middlebury.

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