Brierre facing challenge; full slate seek Senate seats
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | June 13,2014
Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre is facing a challenge from within his own office.
Deputy State’s Attorney Rosemary Kennedy submitted a petition before the deadline Thursday to run for Brierre’s position as a Democrat.
Brierre, a Republican who was appointed to the post in 2009, was last challenged in the 2010 primary by Kathryn Smith, herself a former deputy in Brierre’s office.
The challenge comes shortly after Brierre lost the high-profile trial of a woman charged with attempted second-degree murder for holding a knife and cutting the neck of a city police officer.
Elsewhere on the ballot, Rutland County has a full slate of state Senate candidates.
Three Republicans and three Democrats face off for the county’s trio of seats.
On the Republican side, incumbents Kevin Mullin of Rutland Town and Margaret “Peg” Flory of Pittsford are joined by newcomer Brian Collamore of Rutland Town.
Democratic Sen. Eldred French of Shrewsbury, who was appointed to fill out the term vacated by fellow Democrat William Carris, is seeking his first full term. Joining him on the ticket are Carris’s son, William “Tracy” Carris of Poultney as well as Anissa DeLauri of Rutland.
At the House of Representatives level, the city has two rematches from the 2012 election on the ballot. While Republican incumbents Peter Fagan, in Rutland 5-1, and Larry Cupoli, Rutland 5-2, are running unopposed, Republican John Mattison is again challenging Democratic Rep. Herb Russell in District 5-3 while Republican Rep. Doug Gage will again face off with Democrat Sherri Durgin-Campbell in District 5-4.
Russell fended off Mattison’s last challenge 757-391. Gage and Durgin-Campbell were vying for the seat being vacated by Gale Courcelle, and Gage came out ahead, 914-690.
Rutland Town also has a contest, with Democrat Lori Mesli seeking to unseat Rep. Tom Terenzini, R-Rutland Town.
Two districts will have Republican primaries.
In Rutland District 3 — Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton and West Haven — Republican incumbents Robert Helm and William Canfield, both of Fair Haven, face a primary challenge from Dean Powers of Castleton.
In the Rutland-Bennington district — Rupert, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Tinmouth and Wells — Democratic incumbent John Malcolm of Pawlet is not seeking another term. The winner of a primary between Republicans Valerie Legh Harriss of Wells and Eric J. Mach of Pawlet will face Democrat Robin Chesnut-Tangerman of Middletown Springs.
In the Bennington-Rutland district — Dorset, Landgrove, Peru, Danby and Mount Tabor — Democrat Mary Barrosse-Schwartz is challenging Republican incumbent Patricia Komline.
The rest of Rutland County’s House districts lacked contests, though some new names appear on the ballot.
Poultney Town Clerk Patricia McCoy is running unopposed as a Republican for the seat of Rep. Andy Donaghy, R-Poultney. That district also includes Ira.
In the Addison-Rutland District, Alyson Eastman of Orwell is running unopposed for the seat being vacated by Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham. That district also includes Whiting and Benson.
In the remaining districts, the incumbents are running unopposed.