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Welch reelected to eighth term

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 7:10 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Congressman Peter Welch has won reelection to an eighth term serving as Vermont’s lone congressman.

The Associated Press called the race shortly after the polls closed.

Welch beat Republican Miriam Berry.

“I think we’re gonna pick up seats in the House. I’m optimistic that we may have a Democratic Senate, which of course would be incredibly important for us and Vermont, because then Sen. Lahey would be the chair of the Appropriations Committee, and he has always put Vermont first. And I do think that a Joe Biden presidency would be first-and-foremost committed to getting on top of the virus. And Joe Biden is committed to restoring Democratic norms, which by the way includes working with people you disagree with,” Welch said.

The 73-year-old Welch has served in Congress since 2007 and has consistently been one of Vermont’s top statewide vote-getters. He says he has more energy for the job than he’s ever had as the country faces what he calls the “extraordinary challenges” of the coronavirus pandemic, threats to Democracy and issues of racial justice. He has said his reelection campaign points to topics like building an economy that works for the middle class.

Welch, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, played a key role in last year’s impeachment hearings against the president. Despite the partisan battle lines in recent years, Welch co-founded the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus in 2013 to find areas of common ground on infrastructure, broadband and farming issues.

Berry, a full-time nurse at Birchwood rehabilitation in Burlington, said her main aim in the race was to bring a different citizen’s perspective to the seat vs. a “career politician.”

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