Democrats want voice in Pelham’s successor

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Vermont Democrats say Governor Jim Douglas should seek bi-partisan input when he chooses a successor for an outgoing member of the Legislature.

Representative Tom Pelham was named the state’s new tax commissioner this week, forcing him to give up his seat in the Vermont House. Pelham was elected to the House as an independent from Marshfield, Plainfield and Calais.

Democrats say Governor Douglas should listen to recommendations from both parties when he chooses who will take Pelham’s seat. Currently there are 74 Republicans, and 69 Democrats in the Vermont House.

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