Wow. The hot race in 2010 may be for secretary of state?
Democrat Charles Merriman
, 50, of Middlesex
, threw his hat in the ring today. Chris Roy, a Republican from Williston
announced his interest a few weeks ago and has formed an exploratory committee.
Why all this activity? Because Deb Markowitz
, current Democratic officeholder, is exploring a run for governor.
So who is Merriman
? Here's what his press release says: He's a municipal attorney and partner in the law firm of Tarrant
,Marks & Gillies. He's a former assistant attorney general who specialized in property tax issues.
"Vermont should have a Secretary of State who understands the needs of Vermont municipal officials in serving our fellow citizens," Merriman
said. He promises to "ensure that Open Meetings and Public Records laws are respected and that the rights of voters, taxpayers, and citizens are protected." He notes those are causes Markowitz
plans to head out on the campaign trail soon -- visiting every town to talk to local folks and officials about their concerns.
So I wonder what he thinks of instant runoff voting?
-- Nancy Remsen