Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Republican Committee elected Kolby LaMarche to the position Committee Chair on Tuesday, September 17th. Kolby, 17, is a senior at Burlington High School, and has been involved in Republican causes in Vermont for a number of years.
“I’m very excited Kolby has been elected Chair of the Burlington Republican Committee,” said Deb Billado, Chair of the Vermont Republican Party. “Kolby brings a fresh voice and a renewed, vibrant focus as Chair in Vermont’s largest city. I’m excited by his passion, and look forward to working with him to elect Republican candidates in Chittenden County.”
At only 17, LaMarche may be the youngest Town Chair in the state from either major party. Vermont law allows 17 year olds to register to vote if the will be 18 by the time of the next general election. Under that provision LaMerch was eligible not only to participate in the Burlington meeting, but also become its new leader.
The Burlington Republicans have had a history of being a party of opportunity for young Republicans. Last year Burlington resident Alex Farrell ran a spirited campaign for Chittenden County Senate and in 2014 Michael Ly, CEO/Founder of Reconciled, was also a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives.
“I am truly honored to have been elected to serve as Chair of the Burlington Republican Committee alongside members of the Committee who I have respected and worked with for years,” said LaMarche. “In my capacity as Chair, I hope to send a message that the Vermont Republican Party has a place for my young peers in towns and cities across Vermont. I look forward to growing our party, spreading our message, and working with my colleagues to elect Republican candidates to office.”
Vermont Republicans have been engaged in Town Reorganization during the month of September, which will be followed by County Reorganization in October.
Source: Burlington, VT - The Burlington Republican Committee 9.25.2019