Crowded Franklin Senate Field Prompts Change in Plans | Off Message
Pin It

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Crowded Franklin Senate Field Prompts Change in Plans

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Vermont Statehouse - SEVEN DAYS/FILE
  • SEVEN DAYS/file
  • Vermont Statehouse
An increasingly competitive race to represent Franklin County in the Vermont Senate has prompted one candidate to change her plans.

Caroline Bright, a Democrat who lives in the town of Georgia, said Tuesday that she’ll run for the House instead.

Bright, who ran for the Senate in 2012, would have faced at least a three-way race for two Democratic slots on the ballot — not to mention a competitive general election fight. Candidates are lining up in hopes of replacing Sen. Norm McAllister (R-Franklin), who was suspended in January after his arrest last year on sexual assault charges.

Bright, a 25-year-old flight attendant and former Miss Vermont, could have less competition for the House seat. She’s eyeing a single-member district that has been represented for the past 14 years by Rep. Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia), who is vacating her seat to run for Senate.

The deadline for candidates to file for state office is May 26.

Incumbent Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) is also running for reelection to the two-seat Senate district. McAllister has said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll seek reelection. His trial could begin as early as May.

Two Democrats — former senator Sara Kittell and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain executive director Denise Smith — are also running for the Senate seat.

“With the recent Senate campaign announcements of so many outstanding women, I am confident that Franklin County will be well-represented in the state Senate, and so I have chosen to focus my efforts on ensuring that my hometown continues to have excellent representation in the House,” Bright said in an announcement Tuesday. 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

About The Author

Terri Hallenbeck

Terri Hallenbeck

Terri Hallenbeck is a Seven Days staff writer covering politics, the Legislature and state issues.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

On Topic...

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation