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.
“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.”