The South End of Burlington will be electing all-new representation in the Vermont House this fall, with the retirement of Johannah Leddy Donovan and Mary Sullivan.
"Their retirements busted open the race for the Democratic nomination. Instead of facing an uphill race against the old guard, Pavek finds himself in a five-way free-for-all with recently announced candidates Gabrielle Stebbins, Jesse Paul Warren, Tiff Bluemle and Annie Wohland. The primary winners are unlikely to face much opposition come November. So far, there are no Republican candidates. Democrats have owned the district for decades, and Warren, who hopes to run as a Progressive/Democrat, said he would not continue on if he did not secure the Democratic nomination. Republicans and Progressives could still nominate one of their own after the primary, but there's no evidence so far of a serious challenge brewing behind the scenes. "The primary is the election," Donovan said."
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