ADDISON — The chief deputy state’s attorney for Rutland County narrowly lost his bid to become state’s attorney in Addison County.

According to numbers posted to the Vermont Secretary of State’s website, Peter Bevere, an independent, lost to incumbent Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans by nine votes. Bevere received 7,793 votes to Wygmans’ 7,802, a difference of less than one percentage point.

Bevere is known in Rutland County for having prosecuted a number of high-profile cases over the years. He’s been an attorney for 17 years and a prosecutor for 12.

"I think it went well, I'd never done it before," said Bevere of his campaign on Wednesday. "We had a good message, we did our best."

Wygmans has been state’s attorney in Addison County since being appointed to the post in 2017 by Governor Peter Shumlin.

“It was a very tight race,” said Wygmans on Wednesday. “Mr. Bevere ran a hard campaign and we were closely matched.”

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