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Valley voters follow state and national trends

November 9, 2006 

By Lisa Loomis

Poll workers were busy throughout The Valley this week as voters cast ballots for Harwood Union's wood chip burner, state senators, state reps and more.

Warren State Senate candidate Jim Parker (R) was unsuccessful in his bid to capture one of the three Washington County Senate seats although he was the top vote-getter in Waitsfield, Warren and Fayston. Voters in Waitsfield, Warren, and Fayston re-elected Carol Hosford to the Vermont House. She ran unopposed.

Moretown, Northfield and Roxbury voters re-elected incumbents Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) and Anne Donahue (R-Northfield to the House). Waterbury, Duxbury voters re-elected their state reps Mike Dostis and Sue Minter as well.

Local voters approved a ballot proposal to fund a wood chip boiler at Harwood Union (see related story).

Turnout was high in Valley towns with 68 percent of voters casting ballots in Duxbury (632 of 934 voters), 66 percent of voters casting ballots in Moretown (1,236 of 1,858 voters),  64 percent of Faystonians (627 of 982),  69 percent of Waitsfield voters (969 of 1,385) and 920 of Warren's 1,507 voters casting ballots - or  61 percent.

In the race for Washington County Senate seats, the three incumbents were re-elected by county voters with Democrat Ann Cummings receiving 14,067 votes, and Republicans Bill Doyle and Phil Scott receiving 12,690 and 12,360, respectively. Democratic challengers Kim Cheney and Donny Osman received 11,381 and 10,813, respectively, while Republican challenger Jim Parker received 7,420 votes.

Local voting did not mirror the countywide results in this race. Locally, Mad River Valley voters gave Cummings 2,009 votes, Parker 1,832, Cheney 1,721, Doyle 1,567, Osman 1,438 and Scott 1,376.

Voters in the five towns of The Valley cast 1,906 votes for incumbent Governor Jim Douglas (R) and1,955 for his Democratic challenger Scudder Parker. Lt. Governor Brian Dubie (R) received 1,747 while his democratic challenger Matt Dunne received 1,968 votes.

Mad River Valley voters mirrored state voters in their support for Independent Bernie Sanders in his campaign for Senate against Republican Rich Tarrant and in their support for Democrat Peter Welch in his race for U.S. Representative against Republican Martha Rainville.  Local voters cast 2,834 votes for Sanders, 1,179 for Tarrant, 2,342 for Welch and 1,557 for Rainville.

In the very close race for auditor of accounts, election officials were still counting ballots as The Valley Reporter went to press on November 8. Republican incumbent Randy Brock and Democratic challenger Tom Salmon were tied at 44 percent each, with Independent candidate Martha Abbott capturing 10 percent of the vote. Locally Brock received 1,625, Salmon received 1,552 and Abbott received 412.

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