Rutland Herald: Former Vt. senator to seek secretary of state office

By Daniel Barlow Former state Sen. James Condos made a return to the Statehouse Wednesday as he announced his bid to replace outgoing Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz. Condos, who served eight years in the Vermont Senate, was surrounded by his former colleagues from both chambers of the Legislature as he formally entered the race for one of the state’s top elected positions. “Vermonters want and deserve a person they know and trust to serve as secretary of state,” Condos said to a large crowd of lawmakers and state union officials who attended the Statehouse announcement. Condos, who declined to run for a fifth term in the Vermont Senate in 2008, said a conversation on an airline flight with Markowitz soon after that election sparked the idea of running for the job. “She told me she wasn’t planning on running for reelection,” Condos said. “I didn’t know at the time that she was running for governor. But it made me realize that I have a good understanding of how local and state government works.” Condos, 59, a resident of South Burlington, served in the Vermont Senate from 2000 until 2008, where he spent several sessions as the chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, the legislative body that handles election issues. From 1989 to 2007, he also served on the South Burlington City Council, including 10 years spent as chairman. Since leaving public office, Condos has continued his job as public affairs manager for Vermont Gas Systems Inc. […] Full article

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