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Scott appoints retired banker to Randolph-area House seat

  • Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Peter Reed to fill the Orange-Washington-Addison House District seat following Ben Jickling's resignation in Aug. 2019. (Courtesy photograph)

Staff report
Published: 1/6/2020 2:13:10 PM
Modified: 1/6/2020 10:29:37 PM

RANDOLPH — Retired banker Peter Reed, an independent, has been appointed to fill an open Vermont House seat in the Randolph area.

“Peter understands the importance of economic development and growing our economy to address our state’s challenges, and those of the communities he’ll represent,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a news release Monday announcing the appointment. “I believe his experience will bring an important perspective to the House, and I look forward to working with him this session.”

Reed, who lives in Braintree, will replace former state Rep. Ben Jickling, I-Brookfield, who resigned last summer to take a job in Wisconsin.

The two-seat Orange-Washington-Addison House district represents the towns of Randolph, Brookfield, Braintree, Roxbury and Granville.

Reed moved to Braintree in 2014 after a 35-year career in banking in such places as New York, Chicago and Puerto Rico, according to Scott’s office.

He managed the Randolph and Bethel branches of Northfield Savings Bank from 2015 to 2019, and serves on the boards of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation and Gifford Medical Center.

“I am honored to have been selected from a strong field of candidates, and appreciate the opportunity given to me by the governor,” Reed said in the news release. “The Randolph area is experiencing a renewal, fueled by the commitment of many creative and dedicated citizens. I am excited to support them and to bring their voices with me to Montpelier.”

Reed majored in economics at Earlham College and then earned a master’s of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Scott had earlier indicated he would appoint an independent to replace Jickling.


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