Vermont State Rep. Robert Forguites, Springfield Democrat, dies at 80

April 15, 2019: Vermont State Rep. Robert Forguites, Springfield Democrat, was found dead on Monday, April 8, 2019. He was 80. Forguites was in his third term in the Vermont State House of Representatives when he died, and he was first elected to the House in 2014. Before that, he was Springfield, Vermont’s Town Manager for sixteen years, and the town’s Comptroller for four years. He also had a long career in banking, and he worked for the U.S. Army during the Berlin crisis, the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s, and the early years of the Vietnam conflict. Springfield’s Town Democratic Committee is expected to meet and then make recommendations for Forguites’ successor, and then present a list to the Governor, who will ultimately appoint someone to Forguites’ seat. Forguites was born and raised in Brandon, Vermont. “In the State House, Bob always put his constituents first and was known for his independent voice,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement released on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. “His years of service are greatly appreciated, and my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Attribution: VT Digger, Seven Days, WCAX, Governor's Office

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