Alderman William Notte is going to Montpelier.
Notte, a Democrat, outpaced Republican Beth Fleck, 785 to 532, on Tuesday to become the newest member of the Rutland City House delegation.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” Notte said. “I never assumed I was going to win this election. I’ve been working hard from the start, and it feels wonderful to have the approval from my neighbors in Ward 4 to go and represent them in Montpelier.”
Republican incumbent Doug Gage chose not to run again.
Fleck, 29, the owner of Ruff Life Café, ran on streamlining the permitting process and cutting spending. It was her first time running for public office. She could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night.
“I think Beth ran a good campaign, but Beth was also a first-time candidate,” Notte said. “People know me, they know what I stand for, they know how hard I’ve worked for Rutland locally.”
Notte, 47, has served 11 years on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen. During his campaign, he discussed permit reform, increasing investment in transportation infrastructure and getting state government to pay more attention to the parts of Vermont that are not Chittenden County.
In Rutland District 5-1, Rep. Peter Fagan, R-Rutland City, won a sixth and — he says — final term. Fagan, 61, a retired military officer, fended off a challenge by 40-year-old teacher Heather Juliussen-Stevenson, 1,137 to 652.
Juliussen-Stevenson ran on a racial justice platform, calling it the overriding issue in the region. Fagan said he plans to focus on Act 250 reform and the opiate crisis.
Rutland’s other two House representatives, Republican Larry Cupoli and Democrat Mary Howard, ran unopposed.
Incumbent Republican Charles “Butch” Shaw, and Democrat Stephanie Jerome were elected to serve Rutland 6 with Shaw having 1,702 votes and Jerome 1,553. Republican Seth Hopkins had 1,272 votes, while Tim Guiles, a Progressive/Democrat, had 942 votes.
Rutland 6 consists of Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury.
Pittsford Town Clerk Helen McKinlay reported Tuesday afternoon that the polls had been extremely busy. “By 9 a.m., we had more people than who voted in March,” she said, adding that many were same-day registrations.
“I am overjoyed by the response Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury had for my race to become state rep,” Jerome said Tuesday.
Jerome has been a Brandon resident for 21 years and with her husband runs a company that makes supplemental educational materials. She’s the chairwoman of the Brandon Planning Commission and sits on the town’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee. She told the Herald in September that health care affordability and marketing the schools as engines of economic growth are among her priorities. She favors a taxed and regulated marijuana market and was in support of the gun control measures signed into law over the summer.
“I am very pleased and proud that voters in my district have confidence in my work and have decided to return me to Montpelier,” Shaw said Tuesday. “I look forward to representing them in the House.”
Shaw, the Republican incumbent, was appointed to his seat in 2009 by then-Gov. Jim Douglas and is currently vice chairman of the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions. Retired, he used to run an electrical contracting firm. He said during the campaign that he wants to see fewer Vermonters being sent to out-of-state prisons, wants to see more efficiencies in government and said it’s time to take a serious look at how the state funds education. He supported some of the recent gun control measures, but said S.55, which banned bump stocks and high-capacity magazines was rushed through the Legislature.
Hopkins has lived in Brandon for 14 years and runs a hiking and biking tourism business. He’s currently the chairman of the Brandon Select Board. He opposes a carbon tax and told the Herald in September that he doesn’t feel the state needs new gun regulations. He’s got mixed feelings on a regulated marijuana market, saying he’s concerned how it’s illegal federally but a regulated market would be safer. He’s in favor of the hub-and-spoke model for opioid addiction treatment and would like to see more done to limit unnecessary opioid prescriptions.
Guiles, a professional musician, ran as a Progressive/Democrat. He’s lived in Brandon three years and has a background in engineering. Affordable health care, a living wage, and moving away from property taxes were among the platforms he ran on. He said marijuana and other drug use is best curbed through education, and that he supports people’s rights to own firearms for hunting, but not to own assault weapons.
With three of its four towns reporting results as of press time, incumbent Republican Jim Harrison appears to have won re-election with 897 votes, while Democrat Gina Ottoboni had 627 votes.
Rutland-Windsor 1 is made up of Chittenden, Killington, Mendon, and Bridgewater. As of press time, Chittenden hadn’t reported its results.
Mendon Town Clerk Nancy Gondella said that as of 4:30 p.m. more than 400 voters had turned out to the polls. She expects the number will have topped 500 before 7 p.m. when polls close.
“I’m very humbled and pleased to receive the support of the voters in the district and will continue to work hard,” Harrison said Tuesday. He congratulated Ottoboni on her campaign, saying he’s pleased it was issues-oriented and free of negativity.
Harrison, of Chittenden, was appointed to the seat in 2017. He spent 29 years as president of the Vermont Retail and Grocery Association. He said during the campaign that holding the line on new taxes and fees is something he’s keen on. He thinks there’s areas where the state can save money by being more efficient, such as putting a limit on how long the Legislature can be in session and still be paid. He wasn’t in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but now that it’s done feels it’s best to regulate it similar to alcohol. He didn’t support parts of S.55, one of the gun control bills that passed over the summer.
Ottoboni has lived in Chittenden since 2010 and teaches at Community College of Vermont and Green Mountain College. She told the Herald in September that she ran to improve the state’s economy while preserving its environment and sense of community, and to make things smoother for small businesses. She favored a taxed, regulated marijuana market, wanted to see more done to address opioid addiction, and supports common sense gun measures and addressing mental health issues.
After a fairly close race, the Rutland-Bennington district was leaning heavily toward re-electing Robin Chesnutt-Tangerman over republican Edgar Cleveland to represent the towns of Rupert, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Tinmouth and Wells.
“The thing that was evident throughout the whole campaign, it appeared the national divisions were there. The identity politics were there. Now the real work begins to create a cohesive community. To unify this district, and have us all be Vermonters instead of one side of another.
Republican incumbent Tom Burditt and Democrat Dave Potter appeared set for re-election by late Tuesday evening to represent Rutland’s second district, forcing out Democrat Ken Fredette who campaigned with Potter as a team.
“I’m elated,” Burditt said. “I was talking to my son about it, and on one level I feel kind of proud. Looking all over Vermont, it was certainly a blue wave. To be a Republican and survive the blue wave — it goes to my politics of crossing the aisle on the occasion.”
And in Rutland’s third district, Republican incumbents Robert Helm and Bill Canfield appeared set for re-election to represent the towns of Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton and West Haven over Independent hopeful Robert Richards.
“My best regards to my opponent Bob Richards,” Helm said. “He ran a clean campaign and a good campaign, and we stayed friendly throughout, and that’s the way it should be.”
Helm, who is entering his 29th year as representative, and Canfield now in his 8th-term said job creation requires re-examining and simplifying Act 250 so businesses can more easily establish themselves in Rutland.
Both said they’ll run on a platform aimed at keeping taxes in line with the growth of the economy, and Canfield said one way to grow is to invest in skills trade programs.
“I will do my best for my constituency as I have in the past,” Helm said. “I hate campaigns...and I love them.”