From Gordon Dritschilo at the Rutland Herald:
One name kept coming to the lips of Rutland County Democrats on Thursday: Eldred French of Shrewsbury.
French, who lost his seat in the Vermont House of Representatives after redistricting pitted him against fellow incumbent Dennis Devereaux of Mount Holly, was repeatedly described as being at the top of the list of candidates to replace Sen. William Carris, D-Rutland.
Carris announced Wednesday he was stepping down for health reasons. The Rutland County Democrats will hold a caucus and come up with as many as three names to forward to the governor, who will then appoint someone to fill out the remainder of Carris’s term.
County Chairwoman Kathy Hall said she expected to hold the caucus after New Year’s. She said she had heard four or five names, and one name more frequently than the others, but she would not disclose any of the names under discussion.
“I was told I have to remain unbiased and I am worried if I mention names I’ve heard, it would affect things,” Hall said.
However, a number of current and former county Democratic officeholders put French’s name forward Thursday.