Voters in five communities across the Mad River Valley have elected Maxine Grad and Kari Dolan to represent them in the Vermont House.
Grad, a Democratic incumbent, received 2,590 votes from residents of Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren, while Dolan got 2,339 votes.
Dolan unseated Ed Read, an independent from Fayston who was appointed to fill a vacancy when Gov. Phil Scott tapped Adam Greshin to be his budget chief. Read got 1,978 votes.
Dolan, who’s been a Waitsfield Select Board member, ran on a platform promoting clean water and addressing affordability issues for working families.
“I’m truly excited about it. I’m honored that the voters in the region put their faith in me, and to allow me to carry their values to the Statehouse,” Dolan said.
Grad, a House member since 2001, is chair of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on the Judicial Nominating Board, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Marijuana, Vermont Judicial Commission on Family Treatment Courts, and the Governor’s Community Violence Prevention Task Force.
Grad could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Finishing far behind the leaders were Green Mountain Party candidate Neil Johnson of Waitsfield and independent Bob Readie of Warren.
Readie ran to address the loss of dairy farms in the state, local control of schools and economic development. He received 516 votes.
“I’d like to congratulate Maxine and Kari, and everyone who ran for the Washingon-7. Everybody ran a clean campaign,” Readie said. “I expect I might be back in a couple of years.”
Johnson’s issues were affordability, school funding and Vermont’s opiate crisis. He received 383 votes.
“I didn’t think I’d be last,” he said, laughing. “Nobody wants to be last. I thought the platform was pretty good. I don’t know what happened.”