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GOP to select its nominee to replace the late Rep. Greg Clark

VERGENNES — Addison County Republicans will meet this week to determine who they will nominate to replace Rep. Greg Clark, the Vergennes-area House member who was killed in a traffic incident on Nov. 30.
The Addison, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes Town Republican committees will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Otter Creek Room of Bixby Library in Vergennes. They will select up to three persons to recommend to the governor to fill the vacancy in the office of state representative for the Addison-3 district.
There are five towns in the district: Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham. Only the first three have town Republican committees. The chairs of those committees are Marge Elmore in Addison, Warren Van Wyck in Ferrisburgh and Patricia Ganson in Vergennes.
Addison County Republican Committee Chair Bryan Young of Orwell said he doesn’t have a direct or official role in the meeting, though he is providing what help he can.
The meeting is open to all but voting will be limited to registered committee members in the organized towns.
Young said there is no official process to be considered other than to be nominated at the meeting, but “it wouldn’t be a bad idea for interested parties to contact myself or one of the town chairs to get on the radar if they aren’t already. There are several possible candidates known to me, but it is premature to name anyone at the moment.”
Clark, a teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School and former Vergennes City Council member, on Election Day won his fifth term in the Vermont House. He was struck by a passing car outside of his own car while scraping his windshield on the morning of Nov. 30.

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