House seat hopefuls Scoggins, Durfee prepare for Tuesday primary

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SHAFTSBURY — Two candidates for Shaftsbury's House seat are gearing up for the primary election on Tuesday.

David Durfee, a Shaftsbury and Mount Anthony Union School Board member, and Tim Scoggins, Shaftsbury Select Board Chairman since 2014, are seeking the House seat being vacated by Rep. Alice Miller, D-Shaftsbury, who is retiring this year at the end of her 11th term. There are no declared Republican or Independent candidates for the seat.

Durfee is general manager of the Wild Oats market and co-op in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Scoggins is a retired data analyst and project manager who worked on underwater acoustics research involving Navy anti-submarine warfare.

Scoggins says that, if elected as representative, he will continue to put his focus on the state's economy.

"Key issues are attracting people back to Southern Vermont and improving broadband infrastructure," he said.

Scoggins would like to bring local broadband back to Southern Vermont, citing ECFiber's work in East Central Vermont.

"My focus will be on practical solutions that yield real results," he said.

Durfee says he's been driving around Shaftsbury, Sunderland, and Glastenbury talking to voters for the past six weeks to prepare for the election, and he continues to do so "right up through Tuesday."

"I'm hearing a lot of positive feedback from the community and hope to move on to the November elections and from there to be the voice of our comminutes in Montpelier," 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."

The general election will take place Nov. 6.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.




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