Sarah E. Buxton
Sarah Buxton was born on September 7, 1978 in Orwell. She graduated from Fair Haven Union High School in 1996. She attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 2000 with a degree in Political Science. She worked in Howard Dean's office when he was Governor, and later worked on his 2004 campaign for President.
In 2010 Buxton was a successful Democratic candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the district which includes the towns of Royalton and her hometown of Tunbridge, and she was elected to a second term in 2012.
Buxton worked full-time at Vermont Law School as assistant director of community relations and alumni affairs until the summer of 2013. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, the Gifford Hospital Auxiliary, and the Tunbridge Church. She is a former member of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, having resigned on February 20, 2014 citing concerns about a potential conflict of interest when the University of Vermont partnered with Vermont Law School.
Buxton ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 2016: she was defeated by her House predecessor, Republican David M. Ainsworth. In 2010, she defeated Ainsworth by one vote. In 2016, Ainsworth defeated Buxton by one vote, 1,004 to 1,003. Confirming the results took two recounts. After the first, Buxton and Ainsworth were tied at 1,000 votes each. After physical inspection of the ballots to determine voter intent, seven that had not been counted were determined to have clear voter intent, and were included in the totals. Four ballots were awarded to Ainsworth, and three to Buxton.
In March 2017, Buxton began work at the Vermont Department of Labor. In November 2017, Governor Phil Scott announced that Buxton would become the department's director of workforce policy and performance.
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