The new state of Vermont Racial Equity Advisory Panel will meet for the first time on Friday after its designated five members were appointed late last month.
In an election that saw few victories for Vermont Republicans, voters decided to stick with the Democrat status quo for secretary of state and attorney general.
With the dust beginning to settle after Election Day, top Republicans are assessing the damage to their party in lost seats and leverage, including the ability to sustain a veto by Gov. Phil Scott.
Republicans took aim at powerful incumbents in Grand Isle and Chittenden County during the midterm election, but by the end of Tuesday night it was clear that Democrats easily held on to their power.
Vermont’s well-known incumbents who represent the state in the nation’s capital easily defeated their lesser-known conservative challengers Tuesday night.
Three Republicans, two libertarians and an independent are making their final push to unseat Chittenden County’s six liberal incumbent senators and bring back balance to the Statehouse.
Republican John Steinman of Barre City sees an opportunity to win in the Washington-3 House district, which could help strengthen the GOP’s ability to sustain vetoes if Phil Scott remains governor.
“The science behind vaccines is sound, I think vaccines do good for our communities, my daughter is vaccinated. But it’s a question of whether government should be forcing that onto individuals, which is different than a scientific question,” he said.
Vermont’s speaker of the House, an eight-time incumbent Democrat, may be in danger of losing her seat to a Republican uncle-and-nephew political duo on Tuesday.
Democrats and Republicans generally stick to their road map. Nonetheless, several politically passionate Vermonters chose to run as independent or alternative party candidates this year.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., met face-to-face with Republican challenger Lawrence Zupan on Monday in what proved to be one of the most intense debates of the election season.