Rotary to host candidates 9/25/08

Sept. 25, 2008
By Greg Elias
Observer staff

The Williston-Richmond Rotary Club will give citizens a chance to assess candidates for state offices in coming weeks.

Scheduled to appear are Republicans Gov. Jim Douglas, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and Democratic Vermont House member Jim McCullough, according to Rotary member Mike Coates. Other candidates will be Terry Macaig and Denise Barnard, hopefuls for House and Senate seats, and Thomas Costello, who is challenging Dubie.

The appearances will take place during the Rotary’s regular Thursday meetings at Williston Federated Church. The meetings start at 7:15 a.m.

As in past elections, the Rotary is also organizing a candidates forum. Details are still being worked out, but Coates said the event may take place around mid-October and include the four candidates — Democrats Macaig and McCullough and Republicans Shelley Palmer and Brennan Duffy — vying for Williston’s two seats in the Vermont House of Representatives.

The forum would likely be held at either Williston Central School or the Old Brick Church, Coates said.

The schedule for candidates appearing during Rotary Club meetings is as follows:

Oct. 2 – Thomas Costello, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor

Oct. 9 – Gov. Jim Douglas, Republican seeking re-election

Oct. 16 – Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, Republican seeking re-election.

Oct. 23 – Jim McCullough and Terry Macaig, Democratic candidates for Williston’s two seats in the Vermont House

Oct. 30 – Denise Barnard, Democrat seeking election to Vermont Senate

To be scheduled – Forum for Vermont House candidates from Williston.