Democratic incumbents win election in Bennington 2-1
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | November 07,2012
BENNINGTON — The Democratic incumbents in Bennington’s District 2-1 will return to Montpelier after earning an easy victory over a first-time candidate.
Timothy Corcoran II earned 2,381 votes and Brian Campion received 1,979 votes. Warren Roaf, running as a Republican, failed to win one of the two seats in the district after getting 829 votes.
Corcoran, 39, won his sixth term in the Vermont House of Representatives.
“I’m very grateful to the people who voted for me in District 2-1. ... I look forward to tackling the tough issues ahead which are going to be health care and balancing the budget and looking at future energy options with the possibility of Vermont Yankee closing,” he said.
For Campion, 41, Tuesday marked his first re-election.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Montpelier with Tim. We’ve got the next few months actually to get ready. I think we’re going to spend some time together, talking about a number of different issues from health care, education to other needs here around (Tropical Storm) Irene and river repair,” he said.
Roaf, 56, was a familiar name to Bennington residents having retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year after several years as the principal of Mount Anthony Union Middle School.
“I enjoyed the race immensely. I got into the race because I wanted to give a choice to people but people really couldn’t lose. There were three really good people running,” he said.
Roaf said he learned a lot during his first campaign and would consider running again for state representative or some other office.
District 2-1 in Bennington is a two-member district which covers the western part of the town including the villages of Old Bennington and North Bennington.