Still no replacement for Carris as session opens
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | January 10,2013
TOBY TALBOT / AP PHOTO
Sen. William Carris, D-Rutland, gets a hug from Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, on Wednesday in Montpelier as he says goodbye to the Vermont Senate.
As the Legislature convened Wednesday, the Rutland County delegation was short a member.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has yet to name someone to fill out the term of Sen. William Carris, D-Rutland, but is expected to appoint a replacement next week. Carris announced his resignation last month, citing health reasons, though he was on hand Wednesday in Montpelier.
“I had to get sworn in and then I resigned,” Carris said. “Procedure.”
The Rutland County Senate District held a caucus last week and sent three names to the governor’s office — former Shrewsbury representative Eldred French, former House and Senate member Cheryl Hooker and one-time Senate candidate Bob Baird.
“I’ve got a preference, but it’s not one I would put out,” said Carris, whose son, Poultney lawyer Tracy Carris, also put himself forward but came in fourth in the caucus vote last week. “I’m keeping it — not to the press, let’s say.”
A number of prominent Rutland County Democrats have voiced support for French, who lost his bid for re-election last year after redistricting pitted him against a fellow incumbent.
Gubernatorial spokeswoman Susan Allen said Shumlin had yet to meet with the three Rutland County nominees. She also said Shumlin was waiting on a list of recommended replacements for Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, who was killed in a car accident in late November.
Carris, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, and Sen. Margaret Flory, R-Rutland, all ran unopposed for re-election last year.