Below you will find a guide to the candidates in Franklin County’s 2018 elections, with links to stories containing information on the candidates and their positions, including answers to our Candid Candidate questions.
Franklin County Sheriff
Democrat Roger Langevin and Republican Thomas Oliver are competing for Franklin County Sheriff, a position that opened after current sheriff Robert Norris announced his retirement earlier this year.
Roger Langevin, Democrat
Tom Oliver, Republican
Franklin County Probate Judge
Probate judges oversee wills and estates, as well as adoptions, name changes and other famly matters. Both Democrat Bob Farrar and Republican Vaughn Comeau are vying for the position after the retirement of Larry Bruce, who held the position since 2006.
While the position is generally apolitical, Farrar and Comeau have sparred over whether or not the position, normally part-time, should remain a part-time position or be handled as full-time.
Robert Farrar, Democrat
Vaughn Comeau, Democrat
Franklin County Senate
There are two Senators for Franklin County who represent the county and the Grand Isle town of Alburgh in the General Assembly.
There are four candidates in the race, with the top two vote getters heading to Montpelier in January. The only incumbent is Republican Randy Brock, who was appointed to his seat when fellow Republican Dustin Degree stepped down to take a position with the Scott administration.
The other three candidates are Democrats Pam McCarthy and Dustin Tanner, and current St. Albans City Rep. Core Parent, a Republican.
Randy Brock, Republican
Pam McCarthy, Democrat
Corey Parent, Republican
Dustin Tanner, Democrat
Vermont House races
Franklin 1: Georgia
Democrat Ed Simon is challenging incumbent Republican Carl Rosenquist. Rosenquist has represented the largely Republican district for the last two years, succeeding Rep. Carolyn Branagan when Branagan was elected to the state senate in 2016.
Carl Rosenquist, Republican
Ed Simon, Democrat
Mary Beerworth, Republican
Barbara Murphy, Independent
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Franklin 3-1: St. Albans City, portion of St. Albans Town
There are four candidates in this two-person district, with the top two vote getters set to go to the House. Both seats are open following the retirement of longtime Democratic Rep. Kathleen Keenan and Republican Corey Parent’s decision to seek a Senate seat.
The Democratic candidates are former representative Mike McCarthy and newcomer Kate Larose.
The Republican candidates are Jim Fitzgerald, who previously held the seat as a Democrat, and Casey Toof, who is making his second run at House seat.
Jim Fitzgerald, Republican
Kate Larose, Democrat
Mike McCarthy, Democrat
Casey Toof, Republican
Franklin 3-2: St. Albans Town
Incumbent Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson has represented St. Albans Town since 2008. Dave McWilliams, running this year as an independent, challenged Dickinson in 2016 as a Democrat, a contest she won handily.
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson, Republican
Dave McWilliams, Independent
Franklin 4: Sheldon, Swanton
Both seats in this two-person district are currently held by Republicans. Brian Savage has represented Franklin 4 in the House since 2008. Marianna Gamache was elected to the House in 2014.
Nick Brosseau was nominated by the district’s Democrats in a write-in vote during the primary. He will be on the ballot.
Independent Tammie Consejo entered the race in October. As a result, she will not be in the ballot. Voters wishing to support her will have to write-in her name.
Nick Brosseau, Democrat
Tammie Consejo, Independent
Marianna Gamache, Republican
Brian Savage, Republican
Franklin 5: Berkshire, Franklin, Highgate Richford
Five candidates – two Democrats, two Republicans and one independent –are vying for a pair of open seats in the this district spanning the northernmost communities of Franklin County.
Incumbents Rep. Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R – Richford) and Rep. Steve Beyor (R – Highgate) both announced they wouldn’t be seeking reelection earlier this year, citing age and health as reasons for retirement.
None of the candidates have held a state representative seat before.
Josh Aldrich, Republican
Daniel Nadeau, Democrat
Linda Collins, Independent
Shane Rhodes, Republican
Charen Fegard, Democrat
Franklin 6: Bakersfield, Fletcher, Fairfield
This is a one-seat district representing three towns. Incumbent Democrat Dan Connor chose not to seek re-election, creating an open seat for which two first time candidates are vying.
Republican James Gregoire is the owner of the Fairfield Market. Fletcher’s Kelly Cummings is running as a Democrat.
Kelly Cummings, Democrat
James Gregoire, Republican
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Franklin 7: Enosburgh, Montgomery
This is the fourth race for incumbent Progressive and Democrat Cindy Weed. She is being challenged for her seat by Republican newcomer Felisha Leffler.
Felisha Leffler, Republican
Cindy Weed, Democrat/Progressive