Vermonters head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 14, for the statewide primary elections.
On the ballot are candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, governor, the Legislature, and state and county offices.
The winners in the primary move on to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Here’s a look at state and local primary races.
• State’s attorney: One of the few local primary races is for Lamoille County State’s Attorney. Four years after winning his first term, incumbent Paul Finnerty, D-Burlington, is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Todd Shove of Elmore. The winner faces Elizabeth “Betsy” Anderson, R-Stowe, in November.
• Essex-Orleans state Senate: Incumbent Democrats John Rodgers of Glover and Robert Starr of Troy are facing a primary challenge from Ron Horton of Jay in the Senate district that includes Wolcott. Horton will likely be on the November ballot even if he loses Tuesday, since he’s also running as the American Party candidate.
Crowded governor’s race
The top-of-the-ballot race most worth watching is for the Democratic nomination for governor. Four candidates have been campaigning this summer, but only one of them will still be doing so next Wednesday.
The four Democrats: Christine Hallquist of Hyde Park, the former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative and the nation’s first transgender candidate for governor; James Ehlers of Winooski, whose main issue is cleaning up Vermont’s waters; Ethan Sonneborn, a 14-year-old from Bristol who has taken advantage of Vermont law that is silent on age requirements for gubernatorial candidates; and Brenda Siegel, a teacher from Newfane and a single mother with a focus on working-class issues such as wages and tackling opiate addiction.
Gov. Phil Scott, R-Berlin, has a primary opponent in Keith Stern, a grocery store owner from Springfield who calls himself a libertarian and believes in small government, gun rights and no new taxes. This is Stern’s first run for statewide elected office.
For many offices, the primary is only a warm-up for November, when the key decisions will be made.
• Lamoille 1 House district (Stowe): Incumbent Republican Heidi Scheuermann is the only name on the ballot, but Democrat Marina Meerburg is running a write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination.
• Lamoille 3 House district (Cambridge, Waterville): Political newcomers Zac Mayo, R-Cambridge, and Lucy Rogers, D-Waterville, will compete to succeed Bernie Juskiewicz, a Republican who’s not running for re-election.
• Lamoille 2 House district (Belvidere, Hyde Park, Johnson, Wolcott): Incumbents Matt Hill and Dan Noyes, both Democrats from Wolcott, face a November challenge from Mike King of Johnson, who is running as an independent.
• Lamoille-Washington House district (Elmore, Morristown, Woodbury, Worcester): Incumbents Gary Nolan, a Republican, and David Yacovone, a Democrat, both from Morristown, are running for re-election. Also running is Avram Patt, a Democrat from Worcester who held one of the House seats from 2014 to 2016. Two will be elected in November.
• Lamoille County assistant judge: Three candidates will be on the November ballot for two assistant judge positions: Incumbent Democrat Joel Page of Cambridge, Madeline Motta, D-Stowe, and Brooke Batchelder Wright, I-Morristown.
Several local politicians are unopposed in both the primary and general elections.
• Lamoille state Senate: No one filed to run against Republican Richard Westman of Cambridge, who has held the county’s only Senate seat since 2010.
• Lamoille County sheriff: Incumbent Roger Marcoux is unopposed.
• Orleans-Lamoille House district: Incumbent Mark Higley, R-Lowell, is unopposed for another term representing Eden, Jay, Lowell, Troy and Westfield.
Federal, state races
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Burlington who’s running as a Democrat, is seeking his third term. He faces a primary challenge from Shelburne Democrat Folasade Adeluola. Four Republicans also filed for the Senate seat: Lawrence Zupan of Manchester, H. Brooke Paige of Washington, Jasdeep Pannu of Essex and Rocky De La Fuente of San Diego, who’s running for multiple offices in multiple states.
Congressman Peter Welch, a Democrat from Hartland, faces two challengers in the primary: Dan Freilich of West Windsor and Benjamin Mitchell of Westminster. Republicans seeking the congressman’s seat are Anya Tynio and Paige.
Paige is also running for four of Vermont’s highest statewide offices — state treasurer, secretary of state, auditor of accounts and attorney general. He’s the only Republican in those races, so he’ll be on the November ballot.
Democratic incumbents for those offices: State Treasurer Beth Pearce of Barre, Secretary of State Jim Condos of Montpelier, Auditor Doug Hoffer of Burlington and Attorney General T.J. Donovan of South Burlington.