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November 10th, 2014
This week’s writer is David Sunderland, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party.
Twelve months ago the Vermont Republican Party established a new, more positive vision for itself and Vermont. We listened, heard Vermonters’ concerns and crafted solutions and proposals that address the issues that matter most to them. This will continue to be our approach as we work to move Vermont forward.
Tuesday night, two-thirds of the voters defeated the proposed school bond. That is two-thirds of the community who are saying no; that they cannot afford a $33 million price tag to improve our school.
As the birthplace of modern democracy, Americans of all political stripes might be concerned that the national turn-out in this past Tuesday’s mid-term election was just 36.6 percent.
It was one of the lowest turnouts in recent times, and it is likely that the national will might not be accurately represented by the results. That is particularly true when the effect of big money in the campaigns is considered, when we assess the impact of state laws that reduce voter turnout, and when you break down voter demographics.
BRISTOL — Not even close. That was the story of the proposed $33 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School, which voters on Tuesday rebuked by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.
When the dust settled, 3,328 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union residents voted against the bond. Just 1,239 cast their ballots in favor of the proposal.
ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin scored a narrow overall victory over Republican challenger Scott Milne when the votes were counted in Addison County Tuesday evening, though a majority of the electorate in 14 of the county’s 23 communities declared a preference for Milne.
Shumlin, the two-term incumbent, received a combined 6,020 votes in Addison County during the General Election, compared to 5,761 for Milne. Libertarian Dan Feliciano garnered 583 tallies.
NEW HAVEN — Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, on Tuesday won another two years representing the Addison-5 district thanks to a decisive, 895 to 698 victory over Democratic challenger Susan Smiley, also of New Haven.