Sheriff candidate Mike Major steps down after primary bid

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI

A week after he lost the Democratic primary for Chittenden County Sheriff, Mike Major announced that he is resigning from that very department where he has been a deputy.

In a post on his campaign Facebook page Tuesday, Major wrote:

“Today is a sad day in my life. Because of the campaign run for sheriff, I must resign my position with the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office. I thought I would work there until my death. Unfortunately, life can change our direction for which we live. I haven’t given up yet, there is always tomorrow to fight for.”

Major challenged longtime Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin who has held his post since 1987. In last Tuesday’s primary election, Major only won one town in the county, his hometown of Shelburne, 52 percent to 47 percent for his boss.

Overall, McLaughlin finished with just under 51 percent of the vote in the county to Major’s 25 percent.

“I thank everyone who voted and supported me through the campaign. I met many new people and enjoyed the discussions,” Major said in his message to followers. “Please remember to go out and vote on Nov 6th. Every vote counts.”

Major’s message received many comments of support from followers who encouraged him to stay in law enforcement. “Thank you everyone for such kind words. It’s not over yet. The road is wide and clear for new adventure,” Major replied.

 

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