Sims wins Orleans-4 district race, local election roundup

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NEWPORT — Rep. Katherine Sims took 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday in a rare House race that saw an incumbent vs. incumbent.

Sims defeated Rep. Vicki Strong by 450 votes in the Orleans-4 district, including Albany, Craftsbury, Greensboro, and Glover.

“The results show strong support for our vision for our communities and demonstrate the power of a grassroots campaign to bring people together to talk about the important issues we face,” Sims said.

Brian Smith defeated Aimee Alexander by 381 votes in the Orleans-1 district race.

David Templeman and Woody Page will represent the Orleans-2 and Orleans-3 districts.

Mark Higley and Michael Marcotte were elected to represent the Orleans-Lamoille district, and Larry Labor will represent the Essex-Orleans district.

Labor defeated Peggy Stevens by 396 votes.

Incumbent Sen. Bobby Starr, a Democrat who previously served in the Essex-Orleans district, was reelected to the newly created Orleans district on Tuesday.

He defeated Republican Samuel Douglass by 1,496 votes.

2023 will be Starr’s 18th year as a member of the Vermont State Senate.

Incumbent Sen. Russ Ingalls, a Republican who ran unopposed was reelected to the Essex district.

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