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November 10th, 2014
As the birthplace of modern democracy, Americans of all political stripes might be concerned that the national turn-out in this past Tuesday’s mid-term election was just 36.6 percent.
It was one of the lowest turnouts in recent times, and it is likely that the national will might not be accurately represented by the results. That is particularly true when the effect of big money in the campaigns is considered, when we assess the impact of state laws that reduce voter turnout, and when you break down voter demographics.
BRISTOL — Not even close. That was the story of the proposed $33 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School, which voters on Tuesday rebuked by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.
When the dust settled, 3,328 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union residents voted against the bond. Just 1,239 cast their ballots in favor of the proposal.
ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin scored a narrow overall victory over Republican challenger Scott Milne when the votes were counted in Addison County Tuesday evening, though a majority of the electorate in 14 of the county’s 23 communities declared a preference for Milne.
Shumlin, the two-term incumbent, received a combined 6,020 votes in Addison County during the General Election, compared to 5,761 for Milne. Libertarian Dan Feliciano garnered 583 tallies.
NEW HAVEN — Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, on Tuesday won another two years representing the Addison-5 district thanks to a decisive, 895 to 698 victory over Democratic challenger Susan Smiley, also of New Haven.
MIDDLEBURY — Democrats Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo on Tuesday staved off a spirited challenge from first-time candidate and Middlebury student Calvin McEathron in winning Middlebury’s two seats in the Vermont House.
Sheldon, an environmental consultant and former town planning commission member, was the top vote getter in the race for Addison-1’s two posts, with 1,310 tallies.
FERRISBURGH — Issues of scenic impact and traffic came to the forefront at an Oct. 23 Act 250 hearing in the Ferrisburgh town office building that was devoted to Chevrolet dealer Tom Denecker’s plan to consolidate his two existing locations at a new site, the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.