Primary election recap, Tuesday night
Vermont’s primary yielded a few surprising votes statewide, while two county House races were relatively close.
In Middlebury’s Addison-1 race, Democrats chose first-term incumbent Amy Sheldon and Robin Scheu to represent the party in the General Election, while third-place runner up, Jill Charbonneau polled a close third. Vote totals in that race were: Sheldon 925; Scheu, 632; and Charbonneau, 581. There is a possibility that Charbonneau may compete in the General Election on the Progressive ballot. No Republicans filed for that primary.
In Addison-4 (Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln and Starksboro), incumbent Rep. David Sharpe took the most votes with 887, followed by Lincoln resident Mari Cordes with 748. Monkton resident Stephen Pilcher was third with 577 votes and is out of the running.
In statewide races, progressive David Zuckerman surprised House Speaker Shap Smith in the Democratic race for Lt. Gov., outpolling Smith 42.8 percent to 36.6 percent, while Kesha Ram polled 16 percent. Zuckerman, a progressive who ran in the Democratic Primary, gathered 29,294 votes to Smith’s 25,025. Ram had 11,461.
In the governor’s race, Sue Minter overwhelmed second-place finisher Matt Dunne in the Democratic contest. Minter finished with 50 percent of the vote (34,439 votes) to Dunne’s 24,750 votes for 36 percent. Peter Galbraith was a distant third with 9 percent of the vote.
On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott finished with 59 percent (26,227 votes) to Bruce Lisman's 39 percent (17,275 votes.)
The Addison Independent will update these late night results (posted at midnight Tuesday) later on Wednesday morning with comments from some of the local races.