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Douglas to end three decades as town moderator

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Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



Douglas Shasok moderator smiling.jpg
FORMER VERMONT GOV. James Douglas joined Susan Shasok at the window in the Middlebury Town Clerk’s Office on Monday to be the first person to sign the petition of Shashok, who is seeking to succeed Douglas as Middlebury town moderator. Douglas has served as Middlebury’s town moderator since 1986 and is now ready to cede his gavel, which he will likely wield for the last time at Middlebury’s annual town meeting on March 4. (Independent photo/John Flowers.) Below, Douglas directs the Middlebury town meeting as the official town moderator at the old Municipal Gym in 2014. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — For 32 consecutive Januaries, James Douglas has visited Middlebury’s municipal offices to pick up a petition to run for the position of town moderator.

The former state representative, secretary of state, state treasurer and governor made that annual pilgrimage again on Monday, though for a different reason. Douglas informed Town Clerk Ann Webster he won’t be running for re-election.

At the same time he became the first person to sign the petition of his preferred successor: Former Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok.

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