BERLIN ó Northfield Democrat Colin Bright was the odd man out in a three-way race to represent the new legislative district that this year paired his hometown with neighboring Berlin.
Bright, who serves on the Northfield village board of trustees, came up short in his bid to unseat either of the two Republican incumbents who were competing against each other ó and him ó for the first time this year.
Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, and Rep. Patti Lewis, R-Berlin, rode decisive first-place finishes in their respective hometowns to victory.
Donahue, whose former legislative district included Northfield, Moretown and Roxbury, finished the race with 2,129 votes, while Lewis, whose old district included all of Berlin and a sliver of Barre, grabbed the second slot with 1,713 votes. Bright finished with 1,433 votes.
Donahue, who earned her sixth consecutive two-year term Tuesday, carried Northfield by a wide margin, and Lewis, in her first re-election bid, was able to do the same in Berlin.
In Northfield Donahue paced the field with 1,468 votes. While Bright finished second with 970 votes, Lewis kept it close enough, receiving 900 votes in a town where sheíd never run before.
Lewis made up that 70-vote differential and then some, cruising to victory in Berlin, where she has served as town treasurer for many years. Lewis received 813 votes in her hometown, followed by Donahue and Bright with 643 and 463, respectively.MORE IN Central Vermont
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