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Former Deputies Win State's Attorney Offices in Orleans, Rutland Counties


  • Marc Brierre, from campaign website
Former deputy state's attorneys secured the top jobs in Rutland and Orleans counties.

With 31 of 32 precincts reporting, Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre trailed by 450 votes his former deputy, Rosemary Kennedy, whom he fired after she announced she was running against him earlier this year.

Brierre, a Republican, was appointed state's attorney by Gov. Jim Douglas in 2009, and won a four-year term in 2010.

Kennedy, a Democrat, criticized her old boss for being too passive in prosecuting drug crimes and for losing a case in which the defendant was charged with attempting to kill a Rutland police officer. She secured endorsements from both Rutland Police Chief James Baker and Rutland Mayor Chris Louras.

In Orleans County, former office clerk Jenniffer Barrett was coasting to victory. With 19 of 20 precincts reporting, Barrett had 50 percent of the vote, deputy state's attorney James Lillicrap had 39 percent, and independent Ben Luna had 19 percent.

  • Rosemary Kennedy, from campaign website
Barrett, who currently works as a deputy prosecutor in Bennington County, beat current Orleans County State’s Attorney Alan Franklin in the Republican primary last summer, saying Franklin was not aggressive enough in prosecuting drug crimes and was too eager to enter into plea deals. She has been endorsed by the Newport police chief.

Lillicrap, a Democrat, was hired as a deputy prosecutor by Franklin in 2010. Luna worked for five years as a deputy prosecutor in Caledonia County.