Surprise: Two Republicans reelected in Addison County

In a county where Democrats rule, a little good news for battered GOP

Vermont State Rep. Harvey Smith (R) of Addison County.

Vermont State Rep. Harvey Smith (R) of Addison County. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— In a county where Democrat politics dominate, two Republican state legislators found themselves reelected.

Addison County representatives Harvey Smith of New Haven and Greg Clarke of Vergennes were reelected Nov. 6. Both men will continue representing their districts in Montpelier.

Smith is a Republican representative for Addison 5, Vermont House of Representatives. He was first elected in in 1998 and served through 2006, when he was unseated by Christopher Bray. Smith ran again and was elected in 2010.

Smith began his career as a dairy farmer, and now raises soybeans and co-owns Smith Family Beef with his granddaughter. He is a past president of the Addison County Farm Bureau and Justice of the Peace. In 2007, he was appointed as the state executive director for the Farm Service Agency in Vermont, where he served for two years.

Clark, a popular local high school teacher, is a Republican politician who was elected and currently serves in the Vermont House of Representatives. He represents the Addison-3 Representative District.

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