Chris Roy announces he will run for secretary of stateBy DANIEL BARLOW Vermont Press Bureau | February 14,2009MONTPELIER – With 20 months to go before the next election, a Williston Republican has thrown his hat into the ring for the job of Vermont secretary of state.
Chris Roy, 44, a partner at the Downs Rachlin Martin law office and a member of the Williston Select Board, announced Thursday that he would soon form an exploratory committee to run for higher elected office.
Roy, a native of Barre, said his professional and personal experience over the years led to him run for secretary of state, the office that, among other things, oversees elections in Vermont.
"I know that I'm probably a new face to many Vermonters, so I'm starting early," Roy said Thursday afternoon. "I'm going to go out there and speak with Vermonters, meet with town clerks and get the word out."
It's not clear if the position Roy is seeking will be vacant in 2010. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, a Democrat, is considering a run for governor that year. Roy said he assumes that she will seek that higher office, but plans to remain in the race if she decides to seek re-election.
"I'm not running against Deb, I'm running for the position," Roy said.
Roy has served on a number of boards in the state, including the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, Vermont Environmental Board and the Vermont Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
He has worked for Downs Rachlin Martin for nearly 20 years as a commercial litigator, including work dealing with municipal law and professional regulations.
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