Tuesday’s primary election featured high voter turnout with plenty of high drama in highly contested races for all manner of high-level vacancies — in addition to two open seats in Congress, nearly every statewide officeholder not named Phil Scott stepped aside this year.

This may be an election year where there isn’t a single legislative hopeful getting knocked out of the race, but money still plays a role in candidates’ campaigns.

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Vermont’s primary election was a whirlwind in Chittenden County Tuesday night, with some hard-fought races for state senate, lieutenant governor, state’s attorney and Congress coming to a close.

Hinesburg selectboard member Phil Pouech has won the Democratic primary for the Chittenden-4 House district to replace longtime Hinesburg Rep. Bill Lippert, who decided not to seek reelection.

Before a large American flag stretched across the altar in the Catholic church that was converted into the Jenna’s House recovery center last year, Senate pro tempore Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, the two leading Democratic candidates vying for Vermont’s only House seat, shared differing solutions to the opioid crisis at a forum last Thursday.

The race to represent southeast Chittenden County in the Senate is heating up as the primary looms just over two weeks away.

The New England Commission of Higher Education has formally accepted the Vermont State Colleges System’s plan to create a new university, Vermont State University, on July 1, 2023.

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The American Red Cross reminds communities that it sees about a 21 percent decline in blood and platelet donations during holiday weeks.

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