It was a frustrating night awaiting results in Burlington last night.
Not a single ward had brought the goods to City Hall by 9:30 p.m. The biggest meltdown came at 11 p.m. when assistant city attorney Gene Bergman appealed to those gathered for volunteers to help finish the count at Edmunds Middle School. It seems the original counters had gone home. It was a fairly surreal moment. Imagine for a moment how the November election will go over if things don't change there.
When the votes were finally counted, Rep. Bill Keogh had lost his ballot line to newcomer Suzi Wizowaty. Keogh conceded Wizowaty outworked him. A tangible sign of that: her lawn signs were plastering the South End district. Keogh was on vacation in Ireland last week, a trip planned before he knew he'd be in a primary.
(In a weird world moment he ran into Vermont lobbyists Chris Rice, Tim Meehan and Andy MacLean on a street in Ireland).
Keogh said he is considering running as an independent. There are no Republicans running in that district.
- Terri Hallenbeck