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All of Vermont’s mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election have been shipped, according to the Secretary of State’s office. It’s the first time all registered active voters in the state have been automatically mailed a ballot, a precaution aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 at polling places. Vermonters can still vote in person on Nov. 3. But starting now, voters can also return completed ballots by mail, or drop them off with their town clerk. The Secretary of State’s office recommends mailing ballots back by Oct. 24, or returning them to town clerks before Election Day. Completed...

LYNN DIKE
BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Lynn Dike has once again jumped into the political arena during a presidential election year. In 2016, she ran for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. She failed to make the cut, but is hoping to write a different ending as a candidate for one of two Vermont House seats representing Addison-4, the district that includes Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. “I want (voters) to have a choice,” Dike said during a recent phone interview. “Right now, conservatives have no voice in Montpelier.” She’s referring...

MARI CORDES
ADDISON COUNTY — All of Addison County’s incumbent state senators and representatives will run for re-election Nov. 3, and many challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition for the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore, as well as in five of the county’s six House districts. As part of our election coverage, the Independent is publishing a series of legislative candidate Q&As, grouped by contest. We asked each candidate the same six questions and offered them space for additional comment. For a list of the questions, see the Q...

ROBIN SCHEU
ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent state senators and representatives in Addison County will run for re-election Nov. 3, and challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition in five of the county’s six House districts. The Independent is publishing a series of legislative candidate Q&As, grouped by contest. We asked each candidate the same six questions and offered them space for additional comment.  In Addison-1, which represents the town of Middlebury, three candidates are running for two seats: incumbent Robin Scheu (D), Amy Sheldon (D) and Tom Hughes (R). After considering,...

PETER CONLON
ADDISON COUNTY — All of Addison County’s incumbent state senators and representatives will run for re-election Nov. 3, and many challengers have stepped up to make sure there will be competition for the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore, as well as in five of the county’s six House districts. In Addison-2 (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton, Salisbury) incumbent Rep. Peter Conlon is running unopposed. His answers to the questions follow:   ******* PETER CONLON 1. Economy: In the competition to attract business with financial incentives...
The residents of Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury are so very lucky to have Stephanie Jerome as our Representative in Montpelier. Stephanie’s hard-working ethic, integrity and genuine desire to help people makes her the perfect legislator. It is well known that Stephanie has the education, intelligence and experience to do the job. But what Stephanie also has is the compassion, the resourcefulness, and the drive to kick it up a notch. It is her caring nature that makes Stephanie stand out in the field. Whenever I have contacted her with a question or concern about myself or a family member —...
I voted for Nixon (big mistake). I voted for Carter (big mistake). I voted for Reagan (much bigger mistake).  Locally, the most important race this year in Vermont is for lieutenant governor. Scott Milne, who has in the past called Sen. Susan Collins his ideological lodestar and said that he was “writing in” Jim Douglas for President, is just not the right person. He has lost three elections and in my opinion, his campaign skills and leadership qualities are very much in question. He has name recognition in the travel industry, but that’s it.  If I voted for Milne, that would be my biggest...
I am announcing as a write-in candidate for the Addison-2 District House seat. This includes the towns of Ripton, Cornwall, Salisbury, Leicester, Goshen and Hancock. If you are a registered voter in any of these towns, please write me in on the ballot for Addison-2 District representative in the Vermont House. The principal reason I am doing this is to give the people in the towns of Ripton, Cornwall and Salisbury and the three other towns an additional voice in protesting the bad legislation that is Act 46 and the roll-out of that law in the Addison Central Supervisory District. The ACSD...
I am writing today in support of Jubilee McGill’s run for state representative for Addison-5, which includes the towns of Bridport, Weybridge, and New Haven. I have known Jubilee for years, and was thrilled when I heard that she had decided to run for office. Jubilee is exactly the kind of person we need representing us — she is thoughtful, caring, hard-working and passionate about her pursuits.  She lives and breathes service, having worked for years in programs that aid the disadvantaged, first with the Addison County Community Trust, and more recently with the John Graham shelter. She is...
My husband Steve and I moved to Vergennes in Winter of 2006 and recently sold our house last year, moving us closer to our restaurant in Middlebury. I first met Matt Birong when he bought the cafe in town. I remember that he immediately reached out to the community, asking for suggestions in naming his new restaurant. At the time I thought it was risky, but now I see that it was a successful attempt at letting the Little City know that this was their place — not just his.  This inclusive philosophy continued to grow over time. Matt accomplished this first doing the most important job in my...

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