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All Vermont Mayors, Democratic and Republican, Endorse Shumlin

Incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin got a boost in his campaign this week from all eight of Vermont’s mayors.

The municipal leaders endorsed Shumlin at an event in Burlington Tuesday. The group includes Republican mayors Chris Louras of Rutland and Thom Lauzon of Barre, leaving Republican gubernatorial challenger Scott Milne with no chance of gaining a mayoral endorsement before the November election.

But the endorsements probably weren’t personal slights against Milne; both Lauzon and Louras endorsed Shumlin in the 2012 elections as well, against Republican Randy Brock.

The state’s eight mayors are:

  • Bill Benton, Vergennes*
  • Liz Gamache, Democrat, St. Albans
  • John Hollar, Democrat, Montpelier
  • Thom Lauzon, Republican, Barre
  • Chris Louras, Republican, Rutland
  • Paul Monette, Independent, Newport
  • Mike O’Brien, Democrat, Winooski
  • Miro Weinberger, Democrat, Burlington

* Vergennes mayoral candidates do not list a party affiliation when running for office.

Editor's Note 2:50 p.m. Oct. 8, 2014 This story originally appeared with the headline "All Vermont Mayors, Democrat and Republican, Endorse Shumlin."