State primary is Tuesday


BENNINGTON — Voters will cast ballots on Tuesday in contested races for who will represent them in the state capital.

Three Bennington County districts feature contested races for state representative.

Four candidates seek the Democratic party nomination to represent Bennington's 2-1 district in the Vermont House. Incumbents Timothy R. Corcoran II and Rachael Fields seek an eighth and second term, respectively. They're being challenged by Jackie Kelly and Mike Silver. Only two can get the party nomination. No Republicans filed.

Kelly is an artist and retired educator. She's currently serving her second term on the Bennington School Board and Southwestern Vermont Regional Career Development Center School Board. She has also been appointed to her second term as a trustee to the Vermont Veterans' Home. She ran for the House once before, in 2014.

Silver was a member of the House for three terms, from 1974 to 1980. The North Bennington resident is a former teacher and now works in credit card processing.

Cynthia Browning and Steve Berry, both Democrats, seek re-election for Bennington's District 4. They're being challenged by Republican Brian Keefe. The district includes the towns of Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and Sunderland.

Patti Komline is not seeking re-election in the Bennington-Rutland district, which includes Dorset, Landgrove and Peru in Bennington County and Danby and Mount Tabor in Rutland County. Two candidates are running for her seat: Republican John "Jack" Stannard, a member of the Dorset Select Board, and Democrat Linda Sullivan.

Other races for state representative are uncontested.

Incumbents Kiah Morris, a Democrat, and Mary Morrissey, a Republican, both seek re-election in Bennington's District 2-2.

Bill Botzow, who represents Pownal and Woodford in Bennington's District 1, and Alice Miller, representing Shaftsbury and Sunderland in District 3, are both running unnopposed as Democrats.

Brian Campion and Dick Sears both seek re-election as Democratic state senators for Bennington County.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Polls will be open until 7 p.m. For a complete list of polling locations, visit

Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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