Gun reform advocate beats gun rights backer for House seat from Essex-Westford

Gun reform advocate beats gun rights backer for House seat from Essex-Westford

Democratic challenger Alyssa Black has beaten incumbent Republican Rep. Robert Bancroft for a House seat in the Essex-Westford district. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger Democrat challenger Alyssa Black topped Republican incumbent Rep. Bob Bancroft in the House race to represent the Essex-Westford district, which includes a rural part of Essex and the town of Westford. “I’m overwhelmed at this moment,” Black said Tuesday evening. “I’m so honored that people saw in me someone who they thought represented them.” It was an election contest that featured Black, who has pushed for a 24-hour waiting period for firearm purchases following the suicide of her son Andrew in 2019, hours after buying a gun. Bancroft has been a strong supporter in the Statehouse of gun rights and an outspoken opponent of Democratic right-to-abortion bills in the Legislature. Black garnered 1,445 votes Tuesday compared to 1,141 votes for Bancroft, who had been seeking his fourth two-year term. Andy Watts, running as an independent, collected 303 votes. In 2019, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a 24-hour waiting period bill that Black had strongly advocated for before the Vermont Legislature, which had passed the measure. Black had also broadened her House campaign to other issues, including health care reform, expanding access to health care and establishing a family leave policy.

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