Caroline Bright

Caroline Bright

Two people have declared their candidacy in the race to succeed Rep. Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin-1) as Georgia’s representative in the Vermont House.

Democrat Caroline Bright and Republican Carl Rosenquist have both announced their intention to run.

Branagan, vice-chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is departing her seat for a Senate run.

Bright, who had previously announced her candidacy for the Senate, issued a statement last Tuesday about the change.

“My goal has always been to represent my community in Montpelier, regardless of the chamber I would sit in,” Bright said in a Messenger letter to the editor. “With the recent Senate campaign announcements of so many outstanding women, I am confident that Franklin County will be well-represented in the State Senate. So I have chosen to focus my efforts on ensuring that my hometown continues to have excellent representation in the House.”

Rosenquist previously served in the House from 2000 to 2002.

Carl Rosenquist

Carl Rosenquist

“When I heard Carolyn Branagan was running for the Senate, I thought, ‘I’d like to get back in the House and do what I can for the state of Vermont,’” he said.

Bright, who was named Miss Vermont in 2010 and currently works as a flight attendant for American Airlines, previously ran for the Senate in 2012. She lost by one percent.

“I admire and respect Rep. Branagan, and I have looked to her as a role model throughout my involvement in Vermont politics,” Bright wrote. “When she announced her bid for the state Senate, it became clear to me that Georgia would need a representative who will continue her commitment to bipartisan common sense solutions.”