elections


MATT BIRONG
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. Over the next few weeks, as part of its election coverage, the Independent will publish 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...
MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos distilled his election guidance to three words Monday. “Seal, sign, and send!” he said in a statement announcing the start of the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election. All Vermonters can expect to receive a ballot before Oct. 7. If you don’t, Condos advises “the voter should contact their Town or City Clerk to ensure they receive a ballot.” All voters had the option of mailing in their ballot during the primary early voting period, but in the general election every eligible voter should automatically receive a ballot. “When Vermonters...
Voters from Addison-5 (Bridport, New Haven, Weybridge) would do well to support Jubilee McGill as our new Representative to the Vermont House. I got to know Jubilee when I began working closely with her to build the grassroots organization she brought to life as a rapid-response answer to the early days of the COVID-19 crisis: Addison County Mutual Aid. She quickly gathered volunteers, created systems and brought voice to the needs of Addison County residents. I observed her to be principled, efficient, compassionate and able to relate and collaborate with people across the socioeconomic...
It is an exciting election cycle this year in Vermont. Not only is it easier to cast your vote, but also, while in previous most years candidates have run for legislature uncontested, this election cycle we have Republicans running against Democrat/Progressive incumbents statewide. We now have options for people seeking representation that limits government, protects our freedoms, supports the autonomy of businesses and families, upholds virtuous values, and opposes increasing taxes. There are 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives and 30 seats in the Senate. Statewide, there are...
If you are looking for ways to participate in the democratic process before Election Day, consider joining nearly 200 of your friends and neighbors who are writing postcards, making calls, sending texts, and organizing to support the Biden-Harris ticket and to flip the Senate. Getting active empowers voters across the country to register, to vote, and to make a positive change in their communities and in our country. To join this effort, please visit our website: 3flippingthings.org. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more! 3 Flipping Things Team: Lorraine Tobias Michael Roy...
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office will begin mailing General Election ballots to voters at the end of next week. All active registered voters in Vermont will receive a ballot by mail between Sept. 21 and Oct. 1.  Active registered voters are those who have not been issued a challenge by their local Board of Civil Authority, usually for failing to vote in multiple elections in succession and then not responding to inquiries from the BCA. The Secretary of State’s Office urges everyone to make a voting plan for this fall. Although voters have a choice whether to vote by mail or in person,...
This letter is an edited version of the original, which Patricia Heather-Lea sent to Joe Biden on June 29 with her $15 donation.  “LET US ALL BREATHE AND BUILD COMMUNITY.” That was my message on the sign I held at a Black Lives Matter vigil in our town of Bristol, Vt. I listened to you talking with Trevor Noah on his “Daily Social Distancing Show,” posted June 10, entitled, “Reforming the Police.” Trevor asked some very pointed questions: “How do you plan to undo systemic oppression? How do you plan to undo systemic racism? How will you address the needs of the African-American community?” I...
Soon lawn signs will begin appearing in the Addison-5 legislative District towns (Bridport, New Haven, and Weybridge) saying “Jubilee for Vermont.” These signs introduce Jubilee McGill of Bridport, who is running for the Vermont House to represent the Addison-5 District. Jubilee is a native of Middlebury and is a service coordinator with the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, where she works with people experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing. Previously she worked as a senior property manager and compliance manager at the Addison County Community Trust, which provides affordable...

JON CHRISTIANO
NEW HAVEN — Jon Christiano of New Haven spent four years shepherding the Addison County Republican Committee. Now he wants to represent his party and constituents as state senator, representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. “I’ve been thinking about running quite a bit, and I did it (this year) to demonstrate solidarity with the other Republicans, and also to give Addison County Republicans a second name on the ballot to vote for,” Christiano said during a recent phone interview. Christiano, 78, enters a race that includes fellow Republican challenger Peter Briggs of Addison (...

PETER BRIGGS
ADDISON — Peter Briggs is only 30, but already a veteran of the Addison County elections circuit. And while he’s yet to capture a seat in the Legislature, he’s garnered respectable vote totals in all three of the elections in which he’s competed. He hopes his fourth major election, coming up on Nov. 3, will be the charm: Another run for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. He’s in a field that includes fellow Republican challenger Jon Christiano of New Haven, and incumbent Democratic Sens. Chris Bray of Bristol and Ruth Hardy of East...

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