Fields and Corcoran win Dem House primary


BENNINGTON >> State Representatives Timothy R. Corcoran II and Rachael Fields will be on the ballot in November's general election again as candidates for the Vermont House.

Both incumbent Democrats earned the party nomination during Tuesday's primary election. The election included a four-way contested race for two seats in Bennington's 2-1 District. Voters across the state cast ballots for party nominations to executive offices in November's general election. Among the races were those for governor and lieutenant governor.

Corcoran and Fields received 498 and 359 votes, respectively. They defeated Jackie Kelly, who got 213 votes, and Mike Silver, who got 225. No Republicans filed.

Bennington Town Clerk Cassandra Barbeau read the preliminary results at the River Street fire station on Tuesday evening. The results only include what voting machines counted. Write-ins still had to be tallied by poll workers. The results also include votes cast by residents of North Bennington.

Three candidates sought their party's nomination for two seats in Bennington's District 4, which includes Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland. Incumbent Democrats Steve Berry and Cynthia Browning took 522 and 442 votes, respectively. Republican Brian Keefe received 452. .

Two candidates sought party nominations for representative to the Bennington-Rutland District. Democrat Linda Sullivan took 411 votes; Republican John "Jack" Stannard received 238 votes. Republican Patti Komline did not seek re-election in the district, which includes Dorset, Landgrove and Peru in Bennington County and Danby and Mount Tabor in Rutland County.

Results of the executive office races in various Bennington County towns were still being reported by press time. The following results are for Bennington voters only.

Four Democrats sought the party nomination to governor. Sue Minter received the most with 540 votes. Matt Dunne received 522 votes; Cris Ericson, 29; Peter Galbraith, 100; and H. Brooke Paige, 14. Vying for the Republican nomination were candidates Bruce M. Lisman and Phil Scott, who received 225 and 186 votes, respectively.

Three Democrats sought the party nomination for lieutenant governor. Shap Smith received 518 votes; David Zuckerman, 373; and Kesha Ram, 269. Randy Brock, a Republican who sought his party's nomination for lieutenant governor, received 313 votes.

In the Democratic race for U.S. Senator, Bennington voters cast 1,048 for incumbent Patrick Leahy and 169 for challenger Cris Ericson. Republican Scott Milne, who ran unopposed, received 315.

Democrats Beth Pearce and Richard M. Dunne received 643 votes and 400 votes, respectively, for state treasurer.

In the race for state attorney general, T.J. Donovan bested H. Brooke Paige for the Democratic nomination. They received 767 and 227 votes, respectively. Republican Deborah "Deb" Bucknam received 285.

Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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