Rep. Jim Condon

Colchester state Rep. Jim Condon will not seek an eighth term in Montpelier after receiving an “unwelcome medical diagnosis” at the University of Vermont Medical Center last month, he said in a letter to the Sun.

“I have been humbled by the trust you’ve given me to be a voice for common sense at the statehouse,” Condon, a Democrat from the Chittenden 9-1 district, wrote. “I hope I have lived up to your trust.”

Condon serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and told the Sun on Tuesday he plans to finish out his term.

A Connecticut native, Condon became a Colchester resident in 1993 and serves as the executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, a nonprofit trade association that represents the state’s radio and television stations. He will continue to serve in that role, according to his letter.

He is one of four Democrats currently representing the town in Montpelier, the group including Rep. Curt Taylor, Rep. Maureen Dakin and Sen. Dick Mazza. Rep. Pat Brennan is the sole Republican in the local delegation.

“Our legislative delegation from Colchester, I believe, has established a legacy of working across party lines to get things done for our citizens,” Condon wrote.

Condon said he was especially proud of his multi-year work on an education funding reform bill, believing it will have a significant impact on lowering property tax rates.

He also mentioned his efforts to give social security recipients “a break,” noting Vermont is one of four states that currently don’t offer any exemption outside of the federal figure, which hasn’t been updated in decades.

“All in all, I’ve worked at every turn to keep property tax rates as low as possible,” Condon said. “I’m proud of that legacy.”

In his letter to the editor, Condon thanked town clerk Karen Richard and town manager Dawn Francis, noting both were also “moving along to new chapters in their lives.”

Condon said he is “in good hands” at the UVMMC oncology department and thanked the community for its support over the years.

“Whoever runs to take my place, I just hope that they’re independent thinkers, that they act in the best interest of the residents of our district as opposed to the best interests of their political party,” Condon said.

See Condon’s full letter to the editor here.