Trying to find some reason for optimism from a pretty dark Election Night, I compiled a chunk of the voter data for how Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, and Thetford (the four towns of the Windsor-Orange 2 legislative district) voted on November 8th. You can see the statistics by opening this document.
You'll see that our towns, on average, have higher voter turnout and more strongly support Democratic candidates than the rest of Vermont. Which is sayin' something considering we have a very Democratic state that really turns out to vote.
I can't help but pointing out how important our four towns were in determining the outcome of the state senate races in our respective counties. Norwich/Sharon and Strafford/Thetford provided huge margins for Clarkson/Nitka/McCormack and MacDonald, respectively. Senator MacDonald was re-elected by 1,314 votes with 1,142 of that margin coming from Strafford/Thetford voters.
Thank you for voting.
I love taking people on tours of the State House. On September 20th, Jane Korey helped me organize a tour for the Norwich Historical Society. This is a picture of about a dozen members in the Senate Chamber.
On November 1st, the 4th grade from the Marion Cross School had a tour of the State House. The prior week, I spent a morning with the 4th grade discussing how a bill becomes a law. Here is picture of one of the MCS classes in the Governor's State House office.
This was a lawn sign planted outside of Thetford Town Hall on Election Day. Maybe the best slogan of any High Bailiff candidate in the state. As catchy as the slogan is, Mr. Freeman only got three write-in votes, possibly because he misspelled "bailiff" on his sign.
What does the High Bailiff do? He or she is responsible for serving an arrest warrant against the sheriff and performing the duties of that office until the sheriff is released from confinement or a new one is sworn in.