By Guy Page
The information below is taken from the Vermont Secretary of State’s most updated list of candidates for the August 9 party primaries. The candidate list has not been finalized, the SOS stated. Reports of more candidate filings can be expected shortly. Candidates had until the close of business day yesterday to file petitions with municipal, county and state election officials.
Governor Scott has a challenger in the Republican primary – Peter Duval of Underhill.
Three Democrats are vying for Secretary of State: Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Montpelier City Clerk John Odum, and longtime Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters.
Just one Republican has declared for one of the newly redistricted Chittenden County Senate seats: Rep. Leland Morgan, a Milton/Grand Isle representative seeking the newly created Chittenden North seat. Democratic candidates with petitions filed for various Chittenden County senate seats include Phil Baruth, Andrew Brown, Martine Larocque Gulick, Tanya Vyhovsky, Brian Shelden, Irene Wrenner, Thomas Chittenden, Ginny Lyons, Steve May, Lewis Mudge and Ken Scott.
Myers Mermel of Manchester has joined the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. He faces Christina Nolan and Gerard Malloy.
As expected, Charity Clark and Rory Thibault are running in the Democratic primary for Attorney General. Perhaps less expected is that the Secretary of State’s office has no candidates listed for a Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor. However, a notice on the Secretary of State website said the data is incomplete and no doubt info about the Democratic candidates will be available soon.
Sen. Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) is running for re-election.
Sam Douglass (Republican) is running for Orleans-1 Senate against incumbent Robert Starr (D) in a redistricted Senate seat.
In Rutland County, Dave Weeks and Terry Williams will run as Republicans with incumbent Brian Collamore. Only two Democrats – neither of them incumbent Cheryl Hooker, who is not seeking re-election – have filed petitions.
Two Republicans – Paul Bean of Northfield and Dwayne Tucker of Barre Town – have filed to run for Washington County State Senate. On the Democratic side, Andy Perchlik and Anne Cummings are running, as are newcomers Jeremy Hanson, Anne Watson, and Jared Duval.
To see the complete list of candidates, to date, according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, click here. A preview of House candidates is scheduled to be published Monday.