Juliann Phelps

Photo by CCS journalism club student Sylvie Miler

Cool, seasonal weather welcomed residents to the polls at Charlotte Central School on Tuesday November 6. Shaking off rain showers, 73.70 percent (2,382 of 3,232) of current registered voters cast their votes for several contested statewide races. Incumbents defeated challengers in most contests, and the incumbent candidate for state representative for Charlotte ran unopposed.

In the US Senator race, Bernie Sanders has been elected to a third term representing Vermont. Sanders’ popularity carried forward as he was declared the winner shortly after polls closed at 7:00 p.m., according to the Associated Press. Charlotte voters cast 1,745 votes for Sanders and 494 votes for Lawrence Zupan. Peter Welch will serve a seventh term as Vermont’s representative to Congress. In Charlotte, Welch received 1,837 votes to Anya Tynio’s 440 votes.

In the race for governor, incumbent Phil Scott received 1,237 votes from Charlotte voters and Christine Hallquist received 1,056. With slightly half of the state’s precincts reporting, Hallquist conceded the race to Scott around 10:20 p.m. in a brief televised speech. About Scott, Hallquist said, “We spark well,” and in thanking her family and campaign volunteers she said, “This is the beginning.” Scott received 150,761 votes statewide to Hallquist’s 110,136, according to unofficial election results.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman defeated Don Turner Jr., receiving 1,552 votes to Turner’s 754. State Treasurer Beth Pierce defeated Richard Morton, 1,692 to 553.

In the secretary of state race, five-year incumbent Jim Condos received 1,753 votes and H. Brooke Paige received 467. Doug Hoffer will remain auditor of accounts with 1,542 votes to Richard Kenyan’s 563. In the race for attorney general, T.J. Donovan will serve again as after defeating Janssen Willhoit, wirht 1,814 votes to Willhoit’s 410.

Michael Yantachka will remain the Charlotte state representative, receiving 1,925 votes and running unopposed. In the probate judge race Gregory Glennon received 1,476 votes and William “Bill” Norful received 648. State senators receiving the majority of the votes cast include Tim Ashe with 1,527 votes, Virginia “Ginny” Lyons with 1,495 votes and Debbie Ingram 1,401 votes.

Other races included sheriff, high bailiff, and state’s attorney, in which all candidates ran unopposed. Kevin Mclaughlin received 1,849 votes for sheriff, Daniel L. Gamelin received 1,783 votes for high bailiff, and Sarah F. George received 1,902 votes for state’s attorney. The only race considered close was for assistant judge where Suzanne Brown defeated Connie Cain Ramsey, 1,395 to 1,142.

Comparing voter turnout to previous years, this year’s general election turnout was lower than the 2016 general election where 79 percent (2,617 of 3,324) of registered voters cast votes. Only percent (764 of 3,152) of voters cast votes in the August primary election.

Charlotte, Vermont 2018 General Election Results:
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US Senator
Bernie Sanders (Independent): 1,745 / 73.26%
Lawrence Zupan (Republican): 494 / 20.74%
Others 143 / 6.01%

Representative to Congress
Peter Welch (Democrat): 1,837 / 77.12%
Anya Tynio (Republican): 440 / 18.47%
Others 105 / 4.41%

Governor
Phil Scott (Republican): 1,237 / 51.93%
Christine Hallquist (Democratic): 1,056 / 44.33%
Others: 89 / 3.74%

Lieutenant Governor
David Zuckerman (Prog/Dem): 1,552 / 65.16%
Don Turner, Jr. (Republican): 754 / 31.65%
Others: 76 / 3.19%

State Treasurer
Beth Pierce (Democratic): 1,692 / 71.03%
Richard Morton (Republican): 553 / 23.22%
Others: 137 / 5.75%

Secretary of State
Jim Condos (Democratic): 1,753 / 73.59%
Brooke Paige (Republican): 467 / 19.61%
Others: 162 / 6.80%

Auditor of Accounts
Doug Hoffer (Democratic): 1,542 / 64.74%
Richard Kenyon (Republican): 563 / 23.64%
Others: 277 / 11.63%

Attorney General
T.J. Donovan (Democratic): 1,814 / 76.15%
Janssen Willhoit (Republican): 410 / 17.21%
Others: 158 / 6.63%

State Senator
Tim Ashe (Dem/Prog): 1,527
Virginia “Ginny” Lyons (Democratic): 1,495
Debbie Ingram (Democratic): 1,401
Phil Baruth (Dem/Prog): 1,369
Christopher A. Pearson (Prog/Dem): 1,078
Others: 7,422

State Representative CH-4-1
Michael Yantachka (Democratic): 1,925 / 80.17%

Sheriff
Kevin M. Mclaughlin (Dem/Rep): 1,849 / 77.62%

High Bailiff
Daniel L. Gamelin (Dem/Rep): 1,783 / 74.85%

Probate Judge
Gregory J. Glennon (Democratic): 1,476 / 61.96%
William “Bill” Norful (Republican): 648 / 27.20%

Assistant Judge
Suzanne Brown (Democratic): 1,395 / 29.28%
Connie Cain Ramsey (Democratic): 1,142 / 23.97%
Others: 2,227 / 46.75%

State’s Attorney
Sarah F. George (Dem/Rep): 1,902 / 79.85%

Justice of the Peace (Top 12)
Michael Krasnow (Democratic) 1601
Greg Cluff (Democratic) 1,472
Lorna Jimerson (Democratic) 1315
Jill Abilock (Democratic) 1,305
Seth Zimmerman (Democratic) 1304
Leo Laberge (Democratic) 1277
Robin Reid (Independent) 1103
Carrie Spear (Republican) 1103
Heather L.G. Manning (Republican) 856
Ed Stone (Republican) 851
Moe Harvey (Republican) 835
Peter Trono (Republican) 818