Game Changer: Chittenden District

Vermont Senate - Chittenden District


Unfortunately, it is still exceedingly rare to see geographic regions represented by an equal number of women and men. In fact, 48 states have less than 40% women in the state legislature. It’s also rare to see races with both Democratic and Republican women who support reproductive choices and options. This is what makes the Chittenden District so unique. State Senators Diane Snelling (R) and Virginia “Ginny” Lyons (D) are joined by first time candidate Dawn Ellis (D) in a crowded race to fill six State Senate seats. If they are successful, the Chittenden District will be represented by an equal number of qualified, pro-choice women from both sides of the aisle. If more regions across the country followed the Chittenden District’s lead, that would truly be a game changer.


State Senate – Vermont’s Chittenden District. The Chittenden District is allotted six seats in the State Senate. The district's primary determine which candidates, up to six from each party, will face off in the general election. In the general, the top six vote getters will go on to represent the district in the Senate.


Diane Snelling has served in the Vermont State Senate since 2002, when she was appointed by then-Governor Howard Dean. Diane currently serves on the Appropriations, Fiscal, and Natural Resources and Energy Committees.

Virginia “Ginny” Lyons has served in the Vermont State Senate since 2000. Previously, Virginia served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the town of Williston’s Select Board from 1997 to 2001. Before serving as Chair and Vice Chair, Virginia was a member of the Williston Select Board from 1990 to 2000.

Dawn Ellis is the President of her own consulting firm, Dawn M Ellis and Associates, LLC. Her firm focuses on helping communities and funders improve public programs. Dawn previously worked as a Researcher for the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and is a graduate of Emerge Vermont.

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