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 Republicans Deserae Morin and Clark Sweeney, according to the Vermont Secretary of State, which was still verifying petitions as of presstime Tuesday.
Incumbent Patrick Brennan, a Republican, is again running for the Chittenden 9-2 district. His seatmate, Democrat Maureen Dakin, isn’t running again after serving a combined 11 years in Montpelier.
Selectman Herb Downing put his name forth as a Democrat, as did Colchester planning commissioner Sarita Austin. John Nagle III is seeking a seat as a Republican.
All four candidates in each district will be on a designated party ballot this primary, Tuesday, Aug. 14, and will continue onto the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The newcomers have a slight head start on the campaign trail, as the incumbents are still finishing out a special session in Montpelier to avert a government shutdown.
Grand Isle Sen. Dick Mazza, a Democrat who serves Colchester, is running unopposed.
There are six candidates for governor going into the primary, including incumbent Gov. Phil Scott. Keith Stearn is the only other Republican seeking the state’s highest office.
Democratic challengers include James Ehlers of Winooski, Christine Hallquist of Hyde Park, Brenda Siegel of Newfane and Ethan Sonneborn of Bristol.
And H. Brooke Paige (R-Washington) is challenging incumbents Beth Pearce (D-Barre City), Jim Condos (D-Montpelier), Doug Hoffer (D-Burlington), and T.J. Donovan (D-South Burlington) for their offices of treasurer, secretary of state, auditor and attorney general, respectively.