Middlebury votes for Sheldon and Scheu

MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, and Addison County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Robin Scheu prevailed on Tuesday in a race between three Democrats vying for the two seats representing Middlebury in the Vermont House.
While there are no Republicans in the running for the Addison-1 seats, Sheldon and Scheu can’t yet begin to size up their desks in the House Chambers of the Statehouse.
Jill Charbonneau, who finished third in the race and 51 tallies shy of Scheu, confirmed she will run in the General Election as a Progressive candidate. So the three will meet again on Nov. 8.
“It was close enough for me to get back out there and keep going,” Charbonneau, a retired local letter carrier and union organizer with the U.S. Post Service, said Wednesday morning.
Sheldon, rounding out her first term, was by far the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Addison-1 primary, notching 925 tallies. Scheu followed with 632 votes. Charbonneau rounded out the field with 581 tallies.
“Obviously, I’m quite pleased,” Sheldon said on election night, after all of Middlebury’s votes had been counted. “I love representing Middlebury.”
Sheldon kicked off her campaign with a townwide mailing that included her report on the 2016 legislative session. She talked to a lot of her constituents to get a feel for their concerns.
“I feel Middlebury was blessed to have three good candidates,” Sheldon said of the field. “Voters had a tough choice.”
Sheldon currently serves on the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee. She is a self-employed natural resource planner and river scientist, and would like to continue to serve on a committee that can make use of her professional background and knowledge.
“There are not a lot of people serving in the Legislature right now with expertise in the environment,” she said.
Scheu said she was “thrilled” about her performance in her first race for the Legislature. She vowed to continue to work hard through the fall in recognition of Charbonneau’s continued participation.
“I knew it was going to be a close race,” Scheu said. “I believed it was going to come down to work hard. I’m glad there was a high voter turnout (for a primary election).”
If elected on Nov. 8, Scheu hopes to use her considerable experience in finance and economic development to help the state create more jobs and bring new businesses into the state. She was a bank administrator and leader of some local non-profits prior to joining the Economic Development Corp.
“I’m really grateful to the people who voted for me and helped me get as far as I have right now,” Scheu said.
Meanwhile, Charbonneau will continue to stump for votes and is optimistic about her chances in November. She noted that in addition to her support from Democrats, she garnered eight write-in votes on the GOP ballot and another vote on the lone Progressive ballot cast in Middlebury on Tuesday.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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