Thursday September 13, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- There will be no Republican nominee in the race for Windham-3's two Vermont House of Representatives seats, as attorney Christopher Moore has officially withdrawn his name from the general election ballot.

Moore failed to secure a Democratic nomination, falling short to incumbents Carolyn Partridge and Matthew Trieber in the Aug. 28 primary, but received enough write-in votes from Republicans to become the GOP's candidate for seat. He said he immediately knew when he got the certificate of nomination on Tuesday, Sept. 4, but agreed to meet with supporters over the weekend before making an announcement.

He said he called the secretary of state's office to officially decline the nomination and remove his name from the ballot.

"(My supporters) made solid arguments about why political affiliation shouldn't matter if you've got the right message," he told the Reformer on Wednesday. "(The Republican nomination) wasn't my goal. I was running for the Democratic nomination. If I had wanted to be the Republican nominee, I could have done that from the get-go."

He said he met with three supporters at his office on Friday and four at this house on Sunday. He nevertheless said it was humbling to be nominated by the Republicans.

"There are people on both sides of the aisle that voted for me and I'm honored," he said.

Moore, who sought the same House seat in 2010 as an Independent, said he does not see another run in the near future but is "not closing the door" to the possibility.

He wished Partridge and Trieber luck in tackling the district's issues.

Moore said he now plans to dedicate much of his time to volunteerism. He is the chairman of the Saxtons River Recreational Area Committee, a youth football and baseball coach and a ski chaperone.

Moore ran as a fiscal conservative and had several specific plans to help boost the local economy. He mentioned an attempt to make the designated Bellows Falls downtown free from sales, room and meals taxes as a way to encourage more business and pump more dollars into the area. He said retail stores, lodging facilities and restaurants and other eateries would greatly benefit.

He also wants Vermont, number two in the country in terms of oldest population, to do a better job of providing senior housing in the area and giving young people tax incentives to live and work in the state.

"The place where I grew up is losing jobs, stores, businesses and young families. This trend has a direct impact on our schools, our recreation departments, existing businesses, stores, arts, entertainment, and virtually all aspects of our community," he said in an e-mail. "I believe the struggles we face stem from our Legislature's policies and priorities. I think I have the skills set, education and historical perspective to be a strong advocate for our district. However, it seems this is not meant to be."

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277.