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Gallivan narrowly wins over incumbent Eckhardt

CHITTENDEN - Only 37 votes separated Anne Gallivan, the democratic challenger, and Jim Eckhardt, the republican incumbent, for the state representative seat in Rutland-Windsor 1.
Gallivan won the seat 1,203 to Eckhardt's 1,166 votes. The 2369 total votes represents 58% of the four towns total population of 4063, according to the most recent census (Chittenden population 1258, Mendon 1059, Bridgewater 936, Killington 810.)

Gallivan is eager to get started, saying "I look forward to listening to everyone's concerns, learning from successful models and building a consensus," she said, adding "with positivity and creativity I believe we can overcome many obstacles."

In Chittenden, the hometown of both candidates, Gallivan beat Eckhardt 404-308.

In Killington, Eckhardt beat Gallivan 339-267.

In Mendon, Gallivan beat Eckhardt 316 to 266.

In Bridgewater, Eckhardt beat Gallivan 253-216.

Increasing jobs were top priorities for both candidates. However, their suggestions for doing so differed: Eckhardt proposed attempting to loosen some Act 250 environmental restrictions and had expressed reservations on single-payer health care, while Gallivan hopes to bring diverse business to Vermont that conforms with the state's environmental regulations.

Gallivan, with her 21 years as the librarian at Barstow School and 36 years in Chittenden, looks forward to bringing her experience in education as well as knowledge of the local community to Montpelier "I am very optimistic," she said.