Primary elections take shape


Some Bennington County voters will see contested races this summer when they head to the polls for the state primary election.

The primary election on Aug. 9 will feature contested races for state representatives in the Bennington 2-1 and 4 districts, and the Bennington-Rutland district.

The primary election will determine who will face off in the general election on Nov. 8. All 150 state representative seats and all 30 state senate seats are up for election.

The last day for major party candidates to file petitions for the primary election was May 26.

For the Bennington district of the senate, incumbent Democrats Brian Campion and Dick Sears will again seek two two-year terms. Campion was first elected to the state Senate in 2014, having previously served in the House. Sears was first elected to the Senate in 1993 and is currently serving his 11th term.

Among the contested races is that for Bennington's 2-1 district. Incumbents Timothy R. Corcoran II and Rachael Fields will face Jackie Kelly and Mike Silver. All are Democrats.

In Bennington's fourth district (Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland) incumbent Democrats Steven Berry, Manchester, and Cynthia Browning, Arlington, will face Republican Brian Keefe, Manchester.

In the Bennington-Rutland district (Danby, Dorset, Mount Tabor and Peru), John P. "Jack" Stannard, a Republican, and Linda Joy Sullivan, a Democrat, will both vie for a seat currently held by Republican Patricia Komline. All are from Dorset.

Other races are uncontested.

Incumbent Bill Botzow, D-Pownal, is running again for Bennington's first district (Pownal and Woodford.)

Democrat Kiah Morris and Republican Mary A. Morrissey, both incumbents, are seeking new terms in Bennington's 2-2 district.

Democrat Alice Miller, Shaftsbury, will run uncontested for Bennington's third district (Glastenbury, Shaftsbury and Sunderland.)

Frederick C. Gilbar, of Bennington, seeks the position of high baliff.

The Banner will profile candidates of contested races in advance of the primary election on Aug. 9.

The following are dates related to the primary and general elections:

Aug. 3: Last day to register to vote in primary

Aug. 8: Last day to request an absentee ballot for primary

Aug. 9: Primary election

Nov. 2: Last day to register to vote in general election

Nov. 7: Last day to request an absentee ballot for general election

Nov. 8: General election

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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