Sarah George fends off challenger for Chittenden County state’s attorney

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:07 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 11:45 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George fended off Democratic challenger Ted Kenney to win reelection Tuesday.

In what was viewed by some as a referendum on criminal justice reform, George ended up winning every district in Chittenden County, including Kenney’s home district of Williston.

Since taking office in 2017, George has taken a progressive approach, implementing what she calls evidence-based policies to keep the community safe. That included directing her prosecutors to stop asking for cash bail, and for implementing a policy that declines to prosecute for misdemeanor buprenorphine possession. Kenney, a former assistant AG, took aim at some of those policies trying to capitalize politically on a perceived feeling that Burlington is less safe.

George Tuesday night said despite those tactics, she feels she has a good relationship with law enforcement and works with them every day. “Of course, there were moments where I wondered if I thought that was going to work with our community but I’m thrilled to know that our community saw through it and understood that most of that was fear-mongering and taking advantage of people’s fears,” she said.

“I know that many of those who encouraged me to run are disappointed. I would encourage each of you who work in public safety to work with the state’s attorney to secure public safety and reform,” Kenney said in a statement.

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