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Fresh Candidate Wins in Orange County

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/7/2018 1:21:23 AM
Modified: 11/7/2018 1:21:24 AM

Bradford, Vt. — Voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide several contested elections for Vermont House seats in Orange County.

In the two-seat Orange 2 district in the Chelsea area, first-time candidate Carl Demrow, D-Corinth, placed first with 1,554 votes, or 21 percent of the total, and state Rep. Rodney Graham, R-Washington, was re-elected with 1,514 votes, also close to 21 percent of the vote. 

Former five-term state Rep. Susan Hatch Davis, a Progressive from Washington, placed third with 1,371 votes and Williamstown Republican Christopher Covey garnered 1,317. The district includes the towns of Vershire, Corinth, Chelsea, Washington, Orange and Williamstown.

In the Newbury area, state Rep. Chip Conquest, D-Wells River, was running for a sixth term in the Orange-Caledonia district. He was being challenged for the second time in a row by Joe Parsons, a Republican from West Newbury. The district represents the towns of Newbury, Groton and Topsham. With all but Groton reporting, Conquest, a 57-year-old butcher and beef farmer, led 667-603. 

Five candidates vied for two seats in the Orange-Washington-Addison District, which includes Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Randolph and Roxbury. Braintree Republican Daniel Brown, former state Sen. Stephen Webster, R-Randolph, and Randolph Democrat Larry Satcowitz were among the  challengers to state Reps. Ben Jickling , I-Randolph, and Jay Hooper, D-Randolph. The two 24-year-old incumbents are seeking second terms and led decisively with four of the five towns reporting. Hooper had garnered 36 percent of votes (1,833) and Jickling had 22 percent (1,292). Satcowitz was third in balloting with 15 percent of votes (905) while Webster had 800 votes and Brown 598.

The one uncontested race involved state Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, who ran unopposed in Orange 2, for an eighth term.

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