MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced last fall at a Democratic Party fundraiser he would seek another term and try to retain control of an office he has occupied since 1997.
Since then, however, the state lost the Vermont Yankee case, leading some to see Sorrell as vulnerable. (Sorrell has decided to appeal the VY decision).
That has led to chatter about Sorrell facing a primary from another Democratic opponent, along with the possibility that a strong Republican candidate would see a chance to become AG, though no challengers have emerged.
None of this has dissuaded Sorrell.
Asked Monday if was running this year, he said: “I definitely am.”
Sorrell said he has never faced a primary challenger in his seven previous races and said he doesn’t know if he will this time.
“Oh, you know, there are rumors,” he said.
Whether it’s consumer protection, criminal enforcement, environmental law or civil rights, Sorrell believes he has served Vermont well.
“I’m proud of my record,” he said
But voters will ultimately decide, either in a general election or a primary, Sorrell acknowledged.
“If I have a primary then Democratic voters will have a chance to decide whether they want me to continue in office or not,” he said.