Brandon area backs Minter, Scott
BRANDON — As the state went, so did some but not all local districts, with Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor and Leicester going for Sue Minter in Tuesday voting over Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith in the Democratic Primary for governor.
In Goshen, Minter eked out a win by one vote over Dunne, 15-14.
West Rutland was against the trend, with Dunne winning 46-42. Whiting also went for Dunne and very decisively, 20-4. In Sudbury, Minter and Dunne finished in a tie, 24-24.
On the Republican race for governor, Phil Scott won Proctor over Bruce Lisman by a single vote, 70-69. Lisman actually won in West Rutland by a decisive margin, 97-88.
In Brandon, that race was much more decisive. Scott received 61.6 percent of the vote to Lisman’s 38.10 percent.
Leicester, Goshen, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting all went for Scott.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
For the first time in decades, voters in Brandon cast their ballots at the historic Brandon Town Hall in the center of town. For years, voters have trekked out to the Neshobe School on Route 73 near the Forest Dale border and voted in the school gymnasium.
Thanks to an aggressive fundraising campaign and successful grant funding, the town hall has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. The basement level, where voting and selectboard meetings now takes place, was renovated two years ago. The roof was repaired and heat was added to the main hall earlier this year.
That said, voter turnout in Brandon was fairly low, with only 711 people casting ballots out of roughly 2,800 registered voters, or 25.4 percent.
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