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GOP nominate two candidates for Clarke’s House seat

Addison 3 District

Republican voters of the Vergennes-area Addison 3 district nominated Warren Van Wick and Mary Ann Castimore as candidates for Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to consider to replace the late Republican State Rep. Greg Clarke (pictured). Clarke died at the age of 65 in a roadside accident in November.

Republican voters of the Vergennes-area Addison 3 district nominated Warren Van Wick and Mary Ann Castimore as candidates for Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to consider to replace the late Republican State Rep. Greg Clarke (pictured). Clarke died at the age of 65 in a roadside accident in November.

— Republican voters of the Vergennes-area Addison 3 Legislative District nominated Warren Van Wick and Mary Ann Castimore as candidates for Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to consider to replace the late Republican State Rep. Greg Clarke. Clarke died at the age of 65 in a roadside accident in November.

Both candidates have been active in local Republican activities.

While tradition has it that Vermont governors replaced retired or deceased elected lawmakers with a member of the same party as the passing member, some Addison County Republicans appeared dubious about Shumlin’s partisan intentions.

“I think Shumlin always has an agenda,” said Martha Olbers, a Republican voter from Panton. “But if he does the right thing, he will appoint one of these two Republicans to fill out Greg’s term.”

Shumlin has already been asked to select one of the two Addison County GOP candidates.

Clarke was killed a few weeks after his reelection to the State House.

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