Lamoille 3 House race debate

Vermont House candidates Zac Mayo, R-Cambridge, and Lucy Rogers, D-Waterville, performed a version of Eddie Vedder’s “Society” after a debate at the Varnum Memorial Library in Cambridge.

It was a very Vermonty election year.

The so-called “blue wave” that swept a lot of Democrats into office across the nation painted Vermont even bluer than it already was.

With loads of money pouring into local races for the Vermont House of Representatives, Democrats picked up more than 20 seats, including two in Lamoille County.

Avram Patt, D-Worcester, took back the seat he lost in 2016, defeating Republican Gary Nolan of Morristown.

The race to represent Cambridge and Waterville made national headlines when the two candidates, both political newbies, wrapped up a debate by performing a duet on guitar and cello. The Democrat there, Lucy Rogers of Waterville, prevailed handily, marking the first time in the 21st century the seat hasn’t been held by the GOP.

And in Stowe, incumbent Heidi Scheuermann narrowly fended off her first competition in 12 years, winning by fewer than a hundred votes.

Even the race for Lamoille County state’s attorney was a corker, with a well-funded and active campaign by Republican Betsy Anderson of Stowe — but she lost to Democrat Todd Shove of Elmore. Anderson may have been more visible on the campaign trail, but this was 2018, and an R next to your name wasn’t always helpful.

Still, this being Vermont, Green Mountain State voters re-elected their Republican governor, Phil Scott. He bested Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist, the former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative — and a Hyde Park resident — who was the nation’s first transgender candidate to win a major party’s primary.

— Tommy Gardner

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