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By Lisa Loomis
Independent candidate for state representative from Warren, Waitsfield and Fayston Adam Greshin, of Warren, defeated incumbent state representative, Democrat Carol Hosford, Waitsfield, 1,545 to 1,410 this week.
Hosford won in Waitsfield, 586 to 566, but lost in Fayston 383 to Greshin's 404, and lost in Warren 441 to Greshin's 575.
Voter turnout was high in The Valley, with percentages ranging from 72 percent in Warren to 83 percent in Waitsfield. In Fayston, voter turnout was 79 percent. It was 78 percent in Duxbury and Moretown.
Voters in Moretown, Roxbury and Northfield returned their two incumbent state representatives to office. Democrat Maxine Grad, Moretown, and Republican Anne Donahue, Northfield, defeated Republican challenger Tony Vach, Northfield. Donahue received a total of 2,357 votes from the three towns (556 from Moretown), Grad received a total of 2,497 votes (778 from Moretown) and Vach received a total of 927 (204 from Moretown).
Valley voters mirrored Vermont in returning Republican Governor Jim Douglas to office. Douglas received a total of 2,175 votes to Democrat Gaye Symington's 911 votes and Independent Anthony Pollina's 1,594 votes.
Local voters gave incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Brian Dubie 2,348 votes and Democratic challenger Thomas Costello 1,973 votes.
Valley voters cast a total of 1,756 votes for incumbent Washington County State Senator Republican Bill Doyle, 1,980 for Republican incumbent Senator Phil Scott, 2,335 for incumbent Democratic State Senator Ann Cummings, 1,924 for Democratic senatorial candidate Kim Cheney, 1,551 for Democratic senatorial candidate Laura Moore and 408 for Progressive candidate John Bloch. The three incumbents won re-election.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama received 3,589 votes from Valley towns, compared to Republican presidential candidate John McCain who received 1,142. A total of 4,895 ballots were cast in the five towns of the Mad River Valley.
Locally, Moretown voters approved a bond vote to repair the roof of the town's elementary school, Waitsfield voters passed a bond to construct a municipal water project and Washington West Supervisory Union voters rejected a bond to built new athletic fields (see related stories on Page 3).