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Vanquished Rep. Pearson Talks to WG 

Published November 7, 2008 at 2:14 p.m.

Representative Chris Pearson of Chitty 3-4 got back to me last night with some brief thoughts about the election.  Pearson was defeated on Tuesday in a close, and at times bitterly personal race to reclaim his seat in the State House alongside Progressive colleague Dave Zuckerman.  He will be replaced in January by Democrat Kesha Ram.

I never was the most popular when I was at UVM, so I guess this shouldn't be a surprise.  But I don't take it too personally.  It is hard to challenge the two-party system and it's not like the vote reflects a rejection of my record in Montpelier.  I remain very proud of what I accomplished while I was fortunate enough to serve my community.

I am disappointed that my opponent got away with suggesting I was a blatant liar without offering even a shred of evidence to back that up. Her strategy is a good example of why I think we need a new direction in politics and it was upsetting to see it used in a local race here in Vermont.

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