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Top choice for adjutant general pulls out of race

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A top choice to become Vermont's top military official exits the race following anonymous accusations.

Retired Brigadier General John Farnham recently pulled his name from consideration in the race to become the next Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard. The news comes after an anonymous letter circulated through the capitol, alleging Farnham ignored reports of sexual harrassment -- and instead recommended the accused for promotion. South Burlington Rep. Helen Head leads the committee finding candidates to fill the open position.  She says Farnham pulled his name to protect the Guard's reputation.

"I know him personally and I know it was not an easy decision for him to make and in some ways I regret that he felt he needed to make it because I know he's well regarded by many members of the guard," said Rep. Helen Head (D-South Burlington.)

Legislators will elect the next Adjutant General by secret ballot February 21st.  Interested candidates must submit their names for the ballot by the 14th. Interviews will be conducted in the Hall of Representatives that night.

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