- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A longtime lobbyist for the Vermont Retail and Grocer’s Association has been appointed to fill a seat vacated by Republican Rep. Job Tate, who resigned to deploy with the U.S. Navy Seabees, a naval construction force.

Jim Harrison was appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday. He will represent the southern Vermont towns of Chittenden, Mendon, Killington and Bridgewater. Vermont Public Radio reports that Harrison, a Republican, plans to run for re-election in 2018.

Harrison spent nearly three decade lobbying on behalf of retailers and grocers in the Vermont Statehouse. He said he wants to focus on economic development issues during his time as a lawmaker.

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