Sue Minter

Sue Minter, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee from Waterbury, works her way through an emotional election party in Burlington in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

How tough was Election Day for Sue Minter, Waterbury’s candidate for governor?

Waterbury residents voted for Republican Phil Scott, 1,552 to 1,465.

On the cusp of becoming Vermont’s second woman governor, Minter lost to Scott by almost 27,000 votes, 52 percent to 44 percent.

For a candidate who seemed to have momentum headed into the election, it was a tough pill to swallow.

Minter didn’t arrive at the Democratic election party at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington until just past midnight, flanked by a besuited team of campaign staff members. By then, she had already conceded to Scott.

Surrounded by friends, family, campaign staff and reporters, Minter put on a brave face, and spoke to cheers of “Thank you, Sue!” from the crowd.

“It’s been a long night,” she said, “but it’s been an amazing journey. It’s been such a privilege” to be the Democratic candidate for governor.

“I want to congratulate Phil,” she said. “I’m proud of the campaigns we ran. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Phil will do his best as governor to lead the state. I appreciate him.”

Minter thanked her supporters, her campaign staff and her family, including her mother, her brother, her sister-in-law, husband David Goodman and son Jasper Goodman.

“Thank you to all of you,” she said. “It’s beautiful to be here with all of you. You are what makes our democracy strong.”

Clasping her hands beneath her chin like she was praying, Minter said she felt blessed by the support Vermont’s Democrats had shown her.

“I am enormously proud of our campaign,” she said. “I think we left it all on the field. And I don’t think this evening ends our continuing work.”

Minter hopes her supporters will go on to continue supporting efforts to invest in communities, promote a livable wage for Vermonters, affordable child care and college education, and paid family leave.

“Every ending is a new beginning,” Minter said.

Minter was tearful as she left the podium. She declined an interview with the Waterbury Record, stepping through the room one hug at a time to get home.

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