Brady makes 4 in Bennington 2-2 House race
BENNINGTON — And now there are four: two Democrats, a Republican and an independent.
With the addition this month of independent candidate Peter Brady, a former state representative, the Bennington 2-2 House race has gone up a notch in terms of interest for local political observers.
Brady, who served in the House from the district from 1995-99, skipped the Aug. 11 primaries and has registered as an independent for the Nov. 3 ballot.
In the race for two District 2-2 seats, he is challenging incumbents Mary Morrissey, a long-serving Republican, and Democrat Jim Carroll, and another Democrat, newcomer Michael Nigro.
Brady, 58, of Washington Avenue, said this week he intends to forge a path between the positions of the two major parties — something he said he did while previously serving in the Legislature.
Among his key issues, he said, will be advocating for the purchase of the Southern Vermont College campus for use by the town, along with consideration of a casino at the Everett Mansion; the elimination of private out-of-state prisons for Vermont inmates; easing auto inspection requirements on emissions; and changes to rental housing regulations to benefit both renters and landlords.
Brady made an unsuccessful bid for the Select Board in March.
The electoral line-up in Bennington 2-2 appears strong.
Morrissey has served in the House since 1997 and is a member of or works with a number of service organizations in the Bennington area.
Carroll, who also serves on the Bennington Select Board, was elected in 2018 after having been appointed by local Democrats and the governor to replace Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, who had dropped her bid for re-election that August, citing incidents of racially motivated harassment dating back two years.
Nigro announced his candidacy in May. He is co-owner of Green Mountain Concessions with his wife, Select Board member Sarah Perrin, and is making his first run for state office.
Jim Therrien writes for New England Newspapers in Southern Vermont, including the Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal. Twitter: @BB_therrien
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