Incumbent Maxine Grad will have a new Democratic ally in the Washington-7 district after Waitsfield resident Kari Dolan beat out independent Edward Read in Tuesday’s election.
In the district that includes Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren, Grad received 2,590 votes, Dolan 2,339 votes and Read 1,978 votes.
Grad, of Moretown, has been a member of the House since 2001 and is chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Grad has lived in Moretown since 1986. An attorney and educator, she practiced law in the public and private sector. She was a founding member of Emerge Vermont, led the Vermont Commission on Women and served as a member of many state and local boards. She is an alumna of the Snelling Institute for Leadership.
Grad could not be reached for comment.
Challenger Kari Dolan, of Waitsfield, is a member of the Waitsfield Select Board and former board member of the Mad River Valley Planning District, Friends of the Mad River Board and Waitsfield Planning Commission.
She has worked for more than two decades in water resources management and is the manager of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program and administrator for the Clean Water Fund.
Dolan could not be reached for comment.
Read, of Waitsfield, was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott to fill the seat vacated by former Independent Rep. Adam Greshin, who was appointed last year by the governor to serve as commissioner of finance and management.