Browning, James elected in Bennington 4 district
MANCHESTER — In the Bennington 4 House district, Democrats Kathleen James and Rep. Cynthia Browning won election from the two-seat district, while Rep. Brian Keefe, a Republican, fell short in his first bid for re-election, according to unofficial results.
With all four town clerks in the district reporting, James had 2,129 votes, trailed by Browning with 1,937 and Keefe with 1,731.
In Manchester, according to the town clerk's office, James rolled up a big win in her home town, with Keefe, also of Manchester, placing second, and Browning, of Arlington, third.
Browning was first in Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate.
Keefe said he had called Browning and James to congratulate them, realizing that the results in Sandgate would not save the day for his re-election bid.
"I knew it was a possibility. I knew it was a very competitive race. Kathleen and Cynthia ran strong campaigns. But the margins surprised me," Keefe said. "I felt I had done a credible job over two years."
James, at a reception at the Wilburton Inn, thanked volunteers and supporters for their efforts to help her win in her first-ever race.
"No matter what happens tonight, that effort is extremely worthy," she said.
Browning said she was pleased that she apparently had been given another two-year term by the voters.
"I feel I still have so much to contribute and so much to give," she said.
Browning, a six-term incumbent, said she looked forward to working on reforming the state's tax code. "It sounds really wonky but if we're going to fix the problems we have, someone's got to get under the hood."
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