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election http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1333/all en Town Meeting Recaps 2015 - See what voters decided in each town http://addisonindependent.com/201503town-meeting-recaps-2015-see-what-voters-decided-each-town <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28972" style="width: 169px;"><a href="/201503town-meeting-recaps-2015-see-what-voters-decided-each-town"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/TM Trio.thumbnail.jpg" alt="TM Trio.jpg" title="TM Trio.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="169" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> COUNTY RESIDENTS TOOK to their town halls or local gyms on Saturday, Monday or Tuesday to conduct business and discuss issues at their town meetings. Independent photos/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Tuesday was Town Meeting Day, where residents in each of Addison County&#39;s 23 municipalities and Brandon gathered to debate issues and vote for budgets and town officers. Below is our recap for each town.</p> <p> <a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503town-meeting-wrap-2015-addison">Addison</a></p> <p> <a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503town-meeting-wrap-2015-brandon">Brandon</a></p> <p> <a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503town-meeting-wrap-2015-bridport">Bridport</a></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28964">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503town-meeting-recaps-2015-see-what-voters-decided-each-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County budget election Featured town meeting day vote Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:13:28 +0000 Zach Despart 28964 at http://addisonindependent.com Leadership positions up for grabs in northwest part of county http://addisonindependent.com/201502leadership-positions-grabs-anwsu-area <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Vergennes and Ferrisburgh have more than their fair share of contested races on Town Meeting Day, while most &mdash; but not all &mdash; incumbents in those towns and in Addison, Panton and Waltham have decided to continue their public service.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28810">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502leadership-positions-grabs-anwsu-area" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes ANwSU election Featured Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:51:25 +0000 Zach Despart 28810 at http://addisonindependent.com Two square off for seat on VUES board http://addisonindependent.com/201502two-square-seat-vues-board <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28712">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502two-square-seat-vues-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes ANwSU board election Featured Vergennes Union Elementary School Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:27:15 +0000 Zach Despart 28712 at http://addisonindependent.com Four candidates seek three city council seats http://addisonindependent.com/201502four-candidates-seek-three-city-council-seats <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer a race among four candidates &mdash; two incumbents and two newcomers &mdash; for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.</p> <p> The race will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who chose to step down after a decade.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28650">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502four-candidates-seek-three-city-council-seats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes City council election vergennes Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:36:36 +0000 Zach Despart 28650 at http://addisonindependent.com Two seeking Ferrisburgh selectboard seat http://addisonindependent.com/201502two-seeking-ferrisburgh-selectboard-seat <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; Two challengers who would be first-time selectmen, but have civic experience, are contending for one open seat on the Ferrisburgh selectboard.</p> <p> Dennis Armell and Michael &ldquo;Red&rdquo; 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.</p> <p> Incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is also on the ballot, but is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28647">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502two-seeking-ferrisburgh-selectboard-seat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ferrisburgh election selectboard Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:35 +0000 Zach Despart 28647 at http://addisonindependent.com New Haven selectboard candidates say solar is top issue facing town http://addisonindependent.com/201502new-haven-selectboard-candidates-say-solar-top-issue-facing-town <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> NEW HAVEN &mdash; 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28597">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502new-haven-selectboard-candidates-say-solar-top-issue-facing-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Haven election Featured races selectboard solar Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:54:58 +0000 Zach Despart 28597 at http://addisonindependent.com Few races loom in ACSU communities http://addisonindependent.com/201501few-races-loom-acsu-communities <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Local elections will rank low on the list of reasons to draw Middlebury-area residents to their respective town meetings this March.</p> <p> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28262">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501few-races-loom-acsu-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury ACSU election school boards Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:30:11 +0000 John Flowers 28262 at http://addisonindependent.com Contests set for Vergennes city council, VUES board seats http://addisonindependent.com/201501contests-set-vergennes-city-council-vues-board-seats <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; 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.</p> <p> It will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who did not file a petition by Monday&rsquo;s deadline and will step down after a decade.</p> <p> 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28255">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501contests-set-vergennes-city-council-vues-board-seats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes City council election Featured Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:18:05 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28255 at http://addisonindependent.com Deadline nears for local candidates http://addisonindependent.com/201501deadline-nears-local-candidates <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; 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&rsquo;s office.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28047">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501deadline-nears-local-candidates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury election Featured selectboard town meeting day Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:38:49 +0000 John Flowers 28047 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Voters' wishes were ignored http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-voters-wishes-were-ignored <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Rustan Swenson </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27963">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-voters-wishes-were-ignored" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion election governor Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:16:49 +0000 Zach Despart 27963 at http://addisonindependent.com Governor stresses renewables, lake cleanup in inaugural address http://addisonindependent.com/201501governor-stresses-renewables-lake-cleanup-inaugural-address <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27919" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201501governor-stresses-renewables-lake-cleanup-inaugural-address"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/statehouse.thumbnail.jpg" alt="statehouse.jpg" title="statehouse.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A SELECT GROUP of lawmakers count the ballots that were cast by the General Assembly in last Thursday&#039;s vote for governor. Legislators affirmed the results of November&#039;s General Election by casting 110 votes for Peter Shumlin and 69 for Scott Milne. Independent photo/John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; There was a distinct Addison County flavor to Gov. Peter Shumlin&rsquo;s Jan. 8 inaugural address, during which he emphasized renewable energy initiatives, agriculture and renewed efforts to clean up Lake Champlain.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27920">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501governor-stresses-renewables-lake-cleanup-inaugural-address" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Baser election Featured governor inaugural Jewett Shumlin Smith statehouse Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:59:37 +0000 Zach Despart 27920 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-criticism-%E2%80%94-reflection-us <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin&rsquo;s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening &mdash; but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27905">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-criticism-%E2%80%94-reflection-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget Criticism election inaugural Shumlin Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:21:00 +0000 Zach Despart 27905 at http://addisonindependent.com Top stories of 2014: #7 — New faces, angry voters mark Election 2014 http://addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-7-%E2%80%94-new-faces-angry-voters-mark-election-2014 <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27763" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201501top-stories-2014-7-%E2%80%94-new-faces-angry-voters-mark-election-2014"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/FPNov6.thumbnail.jpg" alt="FPNov6.jpg" title="FPNov6.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> The General Election of 2014 saw one local veteran lawmaker go down to defeat, and Addison County voters also added to some tense moments for incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin as the ballots were counted on Nov. 4.</p> <p> Bristol Republican Fred Baser had failed in 2010 to break through in his bid for one of the two seats representing Addison-4, the House district that includes the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. But he made up for it in a big way this past November, finishing as the top vote-getter in a four-way race for the pair of seats.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27764">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-7-%E2%80%94-new-faces-angry-voters-mark-election-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County 2014 election governor top stories Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:43:34 +0000 Zach Despart 27764 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Milne deserves to be elected http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-milne-deserves-be-elected <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Edward Payne </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Dear Legislators,</p> <p align="left"> Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27655">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-milne-deserves-be-elected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion election governor Milne Shumlin single-payer Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:37:39 +0000 Zach Despart 27655 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Gov. Shumlin has done much for Vermont http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-gov-shumlin-has-done-much-vermont <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Willian Northrop </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Now that the 2014 election cycle has come and gone, I&rsquo;d like to cut through some of the political noise and take a moment to applaud and thank our governor, Peter Shumlin, for the great work he has done for Vermont as our governor. Recently, there has been a lot of attention given to issues that are going to be taken up in the Legislature, and some opinions expressed in local media that have cast negativity and doubt on Gov. Shumlin.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27540">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-gov-shumlin-has-done-much-vermont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion election governor Shumiln Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:05:13 +0000 Zach Despart 27540 at http://addisonindependent.com