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House GOP Leader Announces Senate Bid


Published December 10, 2009 at 3:01 p.m.

The 2010 electoral game of musical chairs continued Thursday with State Rep. Patricia McDonald (R-Berlin) announcing that she is running for a Washington County Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Sen. Phil Scott.

Scott announced last week he is running for lieutenant governor to fill the seat being vacated by Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie. Dubie is running for governor. Only one other Republican has officially announced he is running, and that's Mark Snelling, the son of former Gov. Richard Snelling and Lt. Gov. Barbara Snelling.

No Democrats have officially announced they are running for the seat, though several are "thinking" about running, including Sens. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons and Ed Flanagan, Rep. Steve Howard (D-Rutland) and  Rep. David Zuckerman (P-Burlington). 

In a release, McDonald said her campaign will focus on "growing the economy, creating jobs, reducing property taxes, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in Montpelier."

Though she was announcing her bid for Senate, McDonald said she is first focused on the upcoming session in Montpelier.