Gunrights

NRA endorses House candidates – but there’s more to the story

Many pro-Second Amendment candidates not given endorsement, usually due to apparent lack of information

by Guy Page

October 21, 2020 – The following candidates for the Vermont House of Representatives have received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. As with the state senator endorsements published Monday, most but not all of the endorsements went to Republicans. For example, Democrats Dan Noyes of Wolcott and Dave Potter of Clarendon received endorsements.

NOTE: many outspoken pro-Second Amendment candidates are not explicitly endorsed by the NRA. Most of these have a “?” next to their names – denoting neither endorsement or disapproval, merely lack of information. One such would-be lawmaker is Essex Junction House candidate Maryse Dunbar:

Maryse Dunbar

“I actually filled out the NRA’s survey way back in the beginning,” Dunbar emailed to Vermont Daily. “I fully support the organization. I believe that it’s everyone right to defend and protect themselves. It’s not the gun that’s the problem, it’s the mental health of the individual using it. For the record, I also don’t believe in defunding the police.”

Senate candidate Mike Hall (R-Bennington) told Vermont Daily that despite not receiving an NRA endorsement, he’s strongly pro-gun rights. “I am not sure as to where the NRA got their information on my position on firearms but they are wrong,” he told Vermont Daily Monday. “I have never supported and gun control measures and in fact have always defended the right to possess and own guns. Our Constitution is clear on the intentions of our found fathers. As a police Chief and officer for nearly 40 years and as the Executive Director of the Vermont Police Coalition I can assure you I am pro-gun.”

Also, among statewide candidates the only candidate to receive an NRA endorsement was Miriam Berry of Essex Junction, the GOP nominee for Vermont House.

So it’s safe to say that while all NRA endorsees are pro-gun rights candidates, not all gun rights candidates are NRA endorsees. Vermonters who have any doubts after reviewing the full information online should contact their legislative candidates, most of whom have contact information available online. As with Dunbar and Hall, Vermont Daily will gladly publish candidate positions on the Second Amendment as received.

The candidates below received NRA endorsements.

Name On BallotDistrict NameTown Party
THOMAS A. HUGHESADD-1MIDDLEBURYREPUBLICAN
STEVE THURSTONADD-3FERRISBURGHREPUBLICAN
LYNN DIKEADD-4BRISTOLREPUBLICAN
HARVEY T. SMITHADD-5NEW HAVENREPUBLICAN
TERRY NORRISADD-RUTSHOREHAMINDEPENDENT
MARY A. MORRISSEYBEN-2-2BENNINGTONREPUBLICAN
MARCIA ROBINSON MARTELCAL-1WATERFORDREPUBLICAN
SCOTT BECKCAL-3SAINT JOHNSBURYREPUBLICAN
MARTHA “MARTY” FELTUSCAL-4LYNDONREPUBLICAN
PATRICK SEYMOURCAL-4SUTTONREPUBLICAN
THOMAS M. NELSONCHI-8-1ESSEXREPUBLICAN
ROBERT L. BANCROFTCHI-8-3WESTFORDREPUBLICAN
DOUG WOODCHI-9-1COLCHESTERREPUBLICAN
PATRICK BRENNANCHI-9-2COLCHESTERREPUBLICAN
JON LYNCHCHI-9-2COLCHESTERREPUBLICAN
CHRIS MATTOSCHI-10MILTONREPUBLICAN
JOHN PALASIKCHI-10MILTONREPUBLICAN
CARL ROSENQUISTFRA-1GEORGIAREPUBLICAN
CASEY TOOFFRA-3-1SAINT ALBANS TOWNREPUBLICAN
EILEEN “LYNN” DICKINSONFRA-3-2SAINT ALBANS TOWNREP/DEM
BRIAN K. SAVAGEFRA-4SWANTONREP/DEM
JAMES GREGOIREFRA-6FAIRFIELDREP/DEM
LELAND J. MORGANGI-CHIMILTONREPUBLICAN
MICHAEL R. MORGANGI-CHIMILTONREPUBLICAN
DANIEL NOYESLAM-2WOLCOTTDEMOCRATIC
SHANNARA JOHNSONLAM-WASMORRISTOWNREPUBLICAN
RODNEY GRAHAMORA-1WILLIAMSTOWNREPUBLICAN
ZACHARY MICHAEL LANGORA-2BRADFORDREPUBLICAN
LYNN D. BATCHELORORL-1DERBYREPUBLICAN
BRIAN SMITHORL-1DERBYREP/DEM
MICHAEL J. MARCOTTEORL-2COVENTRYREP/DEM
WOODMAN “WOODY” H. PAGEORL-2NEWPORT CITYREP/DEM
VICKI STRONGORL-CALALBANYREPUBLICAN
JEANNINE A. YOUNGORL-CALCRAFTSBURYREPUBLICAN
MARK A. HIGLEYORL-LAMLOWELLREP/DEM
PATRICIA A. MCCOYRUT-1POULTNEYREPUBLICAN
TOM BURDITTRUT-2WEST RUTLANDREPUBLICAN
DAVE POTTERRUT-2CLARENDONDEMOCRATIC
WILLIAM “BILL” CANFIELDRUT-3FAIR HAVENREPUBLICAN
ROBERT “BOB” HELMRUT-3FAIR HAVENREPUBLICAN
THOMAS TERENZINIRUT-4RUTLAND TOWNREPUBLICAN
LARRY “COOPER” CUPOLIRUT-5-2RUTLAND CITYREPUBLICAN
CHARLES “BUTCH” SHAWRUT-6PITTSFORDREP/DEM
DAVID SOULIARUT-6PITTSFORDREPUBLICAN
JIM HARRISONRUT-WDR-1CHITTENDENREP/DEM
SALLY ACHEYRUT-BENMIDDLETOWN SPRINGSREPUBLICAN
ANNE B. DONAHUEWAS-1NORTHFIELDREPUBLICAN
KENNETH W. GOSLANTWAS-1NORTHFIELDREPUBLICAN
ROB LACLAIRWAS-2BARRE TOWNREP/DEM
FRANCIS “TOPPER” MCFAUNWAS-2BARRE TOWNREP/DEM
JOHN STEINMANWAS-3BARRE CITYREPUBLICAN
JACOB HOLMESWDR-1HARTLANDREPUBLICAN
WESLEY RANEYWDR-1HARTLANDREPUBLICAN
MARK DONKAWDR-4-1HARTFORDREPUBLICAN
WAYNE D. TOWNSENDWDR-RUTBETHELREPUBLICAN

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