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Giard holds off Young

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent state Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, will return for a fourth consecutive term representing Addison County and Brandon, though his re-election remained in doubt until the wee hours of Wednesday morning as a result of a spirited challenge from Orwell Republican Mark Young.

Giard finished second, with 7,366 tallies, behind Senate Majority Whip Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, who garnered 9,516 votes in her successful run for a fifth consecutive term.

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Giard prevails in write-in contest

Posted on August 26, 2010 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, woke up Wednesday morning with a new lease on his political life after surviving a spirited challenge from East Middlebury resident Amy Sheldon in a close Democrat write-in campaign for state Senate.

Giard, a three-term incumbent, defeated Sheldon 845-757, based on write-in returns from the 23 Addison County towns and Brandon that make up the two-seat senatorial district.

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Local House, Senate races highlight ballot

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Republican runoff in the Addison-4 House district; a write-in campaign for the state Senate; two local men vying for lieutenant governor; and a five-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor should give Addison County residents extra incentive to show up at the polls for Tuesday’s primary election.

Voter participation is notoriously low for mid-term elections, and Vermont officials are particularly concerned about light turnout this year because of a particularly early primary date.

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Sheldon emphasizes health reform

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — State Senate candidate Amy Sheldon believes additional health care reforms will not only create more fit Vermonters but will also provide a potent panacea for the economic ills the state is facing.

“Health care is a huge driver in the cost of public education and government services,” said Sheldon, an East Middlebury Democrat. “If we can find a way to make (health care) more affordable for all Vermonters, we will solve a number of problems.”

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Young returns to the political stage

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Mark Young’s supporters had to put on the full-court press back in 2004 to convince the Orwell Republican to run for a seventh consecutive two-year-term representing the Addison-Rutland-1 district in the Vermont House.

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Ochs hopes to add farming perspective to state Senate

Posted on August 2, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Andrea Ochs was 13 years old when she and her mom moved to Orwell from Queens, N.Y. She at first wasn’t sold on the Green Mountain State.

“I promised my father that if I ever woke up and looked out my window and didn’t think I lived in the most beautiful place, I would move on,” Ochs said.

“I still wake up every morning and thank God that I live in Addison County.”

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Sheldon enters Senate race

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, will have some competition on Aug. 24 in his attempt to win a spot on the general election ballot. East Middlebury Democrat Amy Sheldon confirmed on Monday she will also seek to enter the race via a write-in campaign on primary day.

Giard, a three-term incumbent, missed the June 17 deadline for candidates to file their petition papers for federal, statewide and county offices. That means he — and any other candidate making a belated run for the Nov.

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Familiar faces dominate '10 election ballot

Posted on June 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates vying for Vermont House and Senate seats produced some familiar local political names from the past along with the conspicuous absence of a prominent incumbent.

Information culled from the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office reveals there will be contested races in three of the county’s six House districts, including a Republican primary in Addison-4.

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Ripton man confirms Senate bid

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton resident Robert Wagner confirmed on Thursday that he will run as an independent candidate for one of Addison County and Brandon’s two seats in the Vermont Senate.

Wagner, 46 describes himself as fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues. He is running as an independent because he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the major, established parties on a variety of issues, ranging from taxation to the future of Vermont’s statehood.

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