BENNINGTON—David Durfee is celebrating a victory after preliminary results predict a win over Tim Scoggins as the Democratic nominee for the open Shaftsbury House seat.
Unofficial election results posted on the Town of Shaftsbury website showed Durfee with 417 votes and Scoggins with 213. Results from Sunderland reported 25 votes for Durfee and 8 for Scoggins.
Durfee remarked on the positive voter turnout and also commended his opponent for the race.
"It was really gratifying to see so many people participating," he said. "I also want to congratulate [Scoggins] on running a good, clean race. I think that it would be nice if other elections could be held without negative campaigns. It's a good indicator of the kind of person he is."
He also said he looks forward to the November general election.
The seat was vacated by Rep. Alice Miller, D-Shaftsbury, who is retiring this year at the end of her 11th term. No Republicans or Independents declared their candidacy for the seat, and no write-ins emerged as viable competitors.
Durfee, a Shaftsbury and Mount Anthony Union School Board member, also is general manager of the Wild Oats market and co-op in Williamstown, Mass. He grew up in New Lebanon, N.Y. and earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master of business administration from Cornell. He has called Shaftsbury home since 2000.
Durfee told the Banner in June that one of the main reasons he is running is because he has a "strong interest in public service" and feels that the government can play a positive role in improving people's lives. In an Aug. 12 Banner article, he said his priorities are affordable healthcare, a healthy environment encompassing the air, water, and climate; local decision making in public schools; and an economy "that works for everyone."
Scoggins, chairman of the Shaftsbury Select Board and retired data analyst, congratulated his opponent for his win.
"I thank him for a cordial and respectful campaign," he said. "I look forward to working together for the betterment of Shaftsbury and Southern Vermont."
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