Looking over the candidate filings across the state (which you can peruse here
, some morsels for thought:
House members not seeking re-election (that's 12 Democrats and 3 Republicans):
Peter Hunt (D) of Essex Junction, now serving as Gaye Symington’s campaign driver
Gaye Symington (D) of Jericho, now running for governor
Mary Peterson (D) of Williston
Denise Barnard (D) of Richmond, running for Senate instead
Don Bostic (R) of St. J
Steve Larrabee (R) of West Danville
Jim Fitzgerald (D) of St. Albans
Avis Gervais (D) of Enosburg
Kathy Lavoie (R) of Swanton
Al Perry (D) of Richford
Gail Fallar (D) of Tinmouth
Harry Chen (D) of Mendon
Harry Monti (D) of Barre
Robert Dostis (D) of Waterbury
Hilde Ojibway (D) of Hartford
Darryl Pillsbury of Brattleboro has said he’s not running again, but as an independent he would have to file yet anyway.
Republicans Tom Depoy and David Allaire of Rutland will try to win back the seats they lost two years ago, as will Progressive Winston Dowland of Derby Line.
Ron Allard of St. Albans, a Democrat who irritated the Democrats by siding with the governor on vetoes, will indeed have Democratic challengers as promised.
Senate members not running:
Jim Condos (D) of Chittenden
George Coppenrath (R) of Caledonia
That's the way it looks, pending write-ins and independents and the like.
- Terri Hallenbeck