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Monday, May 23, 2016

Suspended Sen. McAllister to Run for Reelection

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 2:24 PM

click to enlarge Sen. Norm McAllister defends himself on the floor of the Senate in January. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
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  • Sen. Norm McAllister defends himself on the floor of the Senate in January.
Sen. Norm McAllister (R-Franklin) has been suspended from the Senate since January while sexual assault charges against him are pending.

On Monday he filed a petition with the Vermont Secretary of State's office to run for reelection.

"I'm assuming the case is going to come out the way I think it should," McAllister said. "If it doesn't come out the way I think it should, well ... I've got to have faith in the system."

McAllister was arrested just over a year ago at the Statehouse. Authorities charged him with three felony counts of sexual assault and three misdemeanor counts of a prohibited act involving a total of three women.

He is scheduled to go on trial June 15 in Franklin County on charges related to one of the alleged victims, a young woman who served as his unofficial legislative assistant. No trial date related to the other charges has been set.

Senate candidates have to collect signatures from at least 100 registered voters in their district to qualify as candidates. The filing deadline for state candidates is Thursday. McAllister, whose name appeared Monday afternoon on the Secretary of State's website, said he didn't have the luxury of knowing how the criminal case would turn out before deciding whether to file for reelection.

He said the reactions of people he approached to sign his petitions were almost all positive."I had a lot of people say, 'Go for it.'"

McAllister will face competition in the August 9 Republican primary for the two-seat Senate district. Rep. Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) and Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) are also running.

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Terri Hallenbeck

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

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