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Vermont's longest serving senator will not seek recount

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont's longest-serving state senator is not going to seek a recount after all.

Republican Sen. Bill Doyle lost his bid for a 25th term on Election Day, but Wednesday he announced he would not seek a recount after initially requesting one. Doyle was defeated by Democrat Francis Brooks.

In a statement, Gov.-elect Phil Scott thanked Doyle for his 48 years of service to the people of Washington County.

"Senator Doyle has my sincere thanks and appreciation for his 48 years of service to the people of the State of Vermont.

"I’ve had the privilege of knowing Sen. Doyle very well – first as his constituent in Washington County, then as a fellow Senator and as Lt. Governor. He is truly one of the ‘indomitable people’ of Vermont, as President Calvin Coolidge said. The decision Sen. Doyle made today in regards to the recount must not have been easy, especially after serving in the Legislature for 48 years – but it speaks to who he is: A public servant first and a politician second.

"I look forward to working with Senator-elect Brooks in his new capacity, and I am sure he will bring a level-headed voice of calm to the Senate Chamber, as he did to the House of Representatives and the Sergeant-at-Arms Office.

"It is my sincere hope that Sen. Doyle will continue serving the public and inspiring young Vermonters, as he has for decades, in his various roles outside of the State House. He always looks for ways to lift others up, and to call on Coolidge again, embodies the ‘generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.’

"Thank you, Sen. Doyle and Senator-elect Brooks, for all you have done and will do for the people of Washington County and Vermont."

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