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the Candidates
Running for Office in Lamoille County

Have you ever considered running for office?  No special training or education is required to serve in the Vermont statehouse.  As a matter of fact, candidates who lead normal, relatable lives are exactly the types of people Vermont needs in Montpelier.  No Republican candidate should have to run alone.  The Lamoille County Republican Committee is here to help!  We have experience in running campaigns and we have resources available to help our candidates.  Please don't hesitate to reach out and we'll be happy to answer all of your questions.


Richard Westman

Incumbent State Senator, Lamoille County District

Richard Westman of Cambridge, Lamoille County, Republican, was born in Burlington, Vermont, on March 13, 1959, and became a resident of Cambridge in March 1959. He was educated at the elementary school in Cambridge, Vermont, and at Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park, Vermont. He graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in 1982. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 2009, serving on various committees as well as being Chair of Appropriations and Chair of Transportation. He served for four years as the Assistant Republican Leader and four years as the Republican Leader. He served as Tax Commissioner from 2009-2010. He lives with Joan Nagy. He is employed at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and oversees the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan, a 529 College Saving Program. He has been a member of various nonprofit boards, including the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, Vermont Center for the Book, and the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He is presently on the Board of Copley Hospital and Vermont Electric Cooperative. He has been a member of the Senate from 2011 to present.


Mark Higley

Richard Westman

Incumbent State Representative, Orleans-Lamoille District

Mark Higley of Lowell, Orleans County, Republican, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, and became a resident of present town in 1990. He was educated at the Guilford Central School and Brattleboro Union High School. After graduation he served in the USN Seabees as a builder. In 1978 he became a self-employed general contractor and in 1980 married his wife. They have four children, two daughters and two sons. Board appointments include Solid Waste Committee and Agricultural Advisory Committee. Elected positions include two one-year terms on the Brattleboro Selectboard, 1986 & 1987, and lister in Lowell since 1994. He worked for five winters for the Town of Lowell, plowing roads and running a grader. He's a current member of the Vermont Beef Producers Association, VT Farm Bureau, and Vermont Sugar Makers Association. Member of the House: 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020.


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