Author: Courtney Lamdin

Early voting open for Monday’s run-off

The town of Colchester opened early and absentee voting Friday afternoon for Monday’s run-off election, a press release from the town clerk’s office said. Voters in the Chittenden 9-2 House district can cast ballots Friday, Sept. 7 until 4:30 p.m. at the Colchester town offices at 781 Blakely Rd. They will choose between Pamela Loranger and John Nagle III, two Republicans who faced off in the Aug. 14 election. Nagle was initially deemed the winner on election night, but verified totals the next morning showed Loranger had prevailed by three votes. Nagle successfully petitioned for a recount, and a...

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Candidates to appear on uncontested primary ballot

Two candidates from each major party will appear on the Aug. 14 primary ballot. Republicans Clark Sweeney and Deserae Morin will face off against incumbent Democrat Curt Taylor and newcomer Seth Chase in the Nov. 8 general election. Chase did not respond to our emails by the deadline Tuesday. So voters can get to know the candidates, the Colchester Sun posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Chase did not respond by the Sun’s Tuesday deadline. Another round of questions will be...

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Primary 2018: Democrats unchallenged as Republicans vie for seats

A write-in candidate’s emergence in Colchester’s Chittenden 9-2 House district means only two Republican candidates will move on to November’s general election. Pam Loranger joins incumbent Patrick Brennan and newcomer John Nagle III for a now-three-way race for two seats on the Republican ticket. Democrats Herb Downing, a Colchester selectman, and Sarita Austin, a town planning commissioner, will go into the general unopposed. So voters can get to know the candidates, the Colchester Sun posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Downing...

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Town hires new officials

The town of Colchester has filled two major municipal positions this month. Geoffrey Urbanik was named deputy town manager, and Julie Graeter was appointed town clerk and treasurer, press releases say. Urbanik replaces deputy manager Aaron Frank, whom the selectboard appointed town manager in March following Dawn Francis’ departure. Graeter succeeds longtime clerk/treasurer Karen Richard, who retires on June 30. Graeter has worked as Colchester’s assistant clerk/treasurer since 2004, primarily helping with town and state education tax billing and collections, a town press release said. She has also assisted with town elections. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting...

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House candidates file petitions for office

All four of Colchester’s legislative seats will be contested this general election, paperwork filed last week shows. A total of eight people filed between Colchester’s two voting districts by the May 31 deadline. The contenders are evenly split: two Republicans will face two Democrats in the general election in each district. Incumbent Curt Taylor is seeking re-election to the Chittenden 9-1 district as a Democrat. His former seatmate, Jim Condon (D), is stepping down after announcing he’s facing an “unwelcome medical diagnosis,” he told the Sun in April. Rounding out the Chittenden 9-1 race are Democrat Seth Chase and...

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