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Logger Lipsky, retired nurse Lynn Dike seek House seats

By Guy Page

With no Stowe Republicans in the race for the Vermont House of Representatives, incumbent Rep. Heidi Scheuermann has endorsed political independent and logger Jed Lipsky to fill the seat she has held since 2007.

There are no Republicans on the November general election ballot, although the Stowe House seat has been held by a Republican for several decades. Scott Weathers is the Democratic nominee.

“In our choice for the main House seat for Stowe, we must send somebody to Montpelier who truly knows our community – somebody who knows our schools, our families, our small business community, our non-profits, the needs of our town, and the trials and tribulations of our friends and neighbors,” the socially liberal, fiscally conservative Scheuermann said. 

Jed Lipsky is that person for the Lamoille-1 House District, Scheuermann said in a recent statement. 

“Jed knows Stowe. He has built his life here, raised his children here, has served on the Stowe School Board and the Boards of the Stowe Land Trust and Stowe Area Association, helped found the Friends of Jackson Arena, and so much more. Jed has been an integral part of this community for over 20 years, and we couldn’t be more fortunate to have him step up to run for the House seat.”

The newly-redistricted Washington Senate seat now includes Stowe. No-one from Stowe is running for the Senate. Scheuermann  endorsed Republican newcomer Paul Bean of Northfield, and incumbent Democrat Ann Cummings.

Meanwhile, Vermont GOP Chair Paul Dame has recommended a retired nurse from Addison County and a Franklin County grocery store owner for House seats.

Lynn Dike, seeking the Bristol, Lincoln, Starksboro, and Monkton seat, was shocked when she had heard what her elected representative was trying to do, Dame said. The Democrat (Mari Cordes) who had replaced her previous Republican had sponsored a bill that would allow children to be given hormone blockers without parental knowledge or consent.

Cordes was one of 10 Democrats from seven different counties to sign on to this bill.

Making her second run for House, Lynn plans to build on her last run. As a retired nurse who spent much of her time caring for older Vermonters in a nursing home setting, Lynn has first-hand experience to bring to the table regarding issues of Vermont’s aging population, and how to better manage and deliver the health care that many seniors need.  She is also fighting to control the cost of living by opposing new taxes on gasoline and home heating fuel which become burdensome for seniors who are living on a fixed income.

James Gregoire has served two terms in the House representing Franklin-6 which includes the towns of Fletcher, Fairfield and Bakersfield.  He has been a voice of reason on the House Human Services Committee, which provides oversight for the Agency of Human Services, which accounts for nearly 1/3 of all state spending, Dame said.

In 2018 he won his seat to the House, and did such a great job serving his constituents that he ran uncontested in both the Republican primary, and the general election in 2020.  But this year Emerge VT – the Democratic interest group founded by House Speaker and former Planned Parenthood exec Jill Krowinski – has made a target out of James’s race and may give him the toughest fight thus far in his three races.

Gregoire’s Democratic opponent is Brenda Kai Churchill. 

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2 replies »

  1. Very Glad to see There is More than One Logger running for Office , Vote for People with Beards .

  2. This realization confirms that Scheuermann was never a republican. I realized that when her and McCoy voted for civil unions. More RINOs than republicans.

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