This article by Chris Mays originally appeared March 5 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — The Youth Vote passed 908-408 at Tuesday’s election.
The Vermont Legislature will now need to decide whether to amend the town charter to allow anyone 16 or older to serve as a Town Meeting member or as a member of the Brattleboro Town School Board and Brattleboro Union High School #6 Board, and to vote on local issues. If amended, the charter would allow up to two “youth members” to serve simultaneously on each school board. But an ordered merger of school districts is expected to see those boards dissolve June 30.
The initiative came from Brattleboro Common Sense, a group focused on election reform and other progressive issues.
Daniel Quipp and Elizabeth McLoughlin beat Franz Reichsman and Oscar Heller for two one-year seats on the Select Board. McLoughlin carried 1,022 of the votes, Quipp had 644, Reichsman had 529 and Heller had 495.
“I really enjoyed the campaign and I’m proud of myself,” Quipp said. “And I think we have a great Select Board for next year.”
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