Vt. GOP picks candidates for 5 open slots

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Earlier this month, H. Brooke Paige earned the Republican Party's nomination for six positions.

Last week, he announced he plans to run for secretary of state, leaving the other five positions open.

Wednesday night, 69 members of the Republican Party voted to fill those vacancies.

The party nominated Lawrence Zupan of Manchester to run for U.S. Senate. He ran against Dan Feliciano and took more than 80 percent of the vote. Zupan will run against Bernie Sanders in the general election.

"I believe that the people who are following Bernie Sanders’ prescriptions have a good idea in terms of wanting to see the most good for the most people. However, the socialist way has failed in all 39 countries it's been tried in," Zupan said.

Anya Tynio ran unopposed for the U.S House of Representatives slot.

"Peter Welch has not done anything significant for the state of Vermont in quite a while. He is out of touch with the constituents that he is representing in Washington. I am a working-class candidate, and I know that I can be a good representation for the state in Washington," Tynio said.

Janssen Willhoit was nominated to run for attorney general. The former House member from St. Johnsbury ran against Jasdeep Pannu and received nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Rick Morton ran unopposed for state treasurer.

Rick Kenyon ran unopposed for state auditor.

Candidates have two months to build their campaigns and gain name-recognition across the state before voters head to the polls in November.