Sen. Chris Pearson, P/D-Chittenden, said he is not running for re-election this year.
The Burlington Progressive has been in Vermont politics since 1998, working for then-U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders, and in 2000 worked on Anthony Pollina’s gubernatorial race. He was nominated to fill a vacancy at Vermont House in 2006 and has been on the ballot every two years since.
“It’s time for a new chapter,” Pearson said. “I spent most of my 30s and all of my 40s in the Legislative Assembly. I will be 50 in January and I have to do something different.
Had he run for office this year and won, Pearson would have represented the three-seat district of Chittenden-Central, which includes Winooski, Essex Junction and parts of Burlington.
With Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, giving up her seat to run for Congress, Sen. Philip Baruth, D/P-Burlington, is the only incumbent in the district to stand for re-election.
Vermont House Rep. Tanya Vyhovsky, P/D-Essex, has already thrown her hat in the ring.
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