“Every prosecutor I talk to says they have around 300 cases, which to me means you’re failing; you’re charging too many … Focus on the cases that are really serious: the predators, the people who are malicious and actually affect public safety.”
— Eva Vekos
MIDDLEBURY — Eva Vekos has spent much of her 20-year legal career defending people — particularly juveniles — in courthouses in Massachusetts, New York City and Vermont.
She now wants to flip the script and take on the role of prosecutor, specifically as Addison County’s new state’s attorney.
Vekos, a 52-year-old lawyer affiliated with Middlebury-based Marsh & Wagner PC, will face fellow Democrat Tim Lueders-Dumont in an Aug. 9 primaries. The winner will go on to the Nov. 8 General Election and face independent candidate Peter Bevere, Addison County’ deputy state’s attorney.
Keen interest in the county’s top prosecutor job is being fueled by the fact that it’s an open seat. Former Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans, a Democrat, left the post in May to become one of two Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors in the state. Gov. Phil Scott recently decided to name Bevere acting state’s attorney until the upcoming election, a move that has angered members of the Addison County Democratic Committee who had urged the governor to pick a successor from a list of Democrats submitted by the party.
“I think it would be a natural step from where I’m at now,” Vekos said of the job.
She’s already had an eventful career.
It began in 1997 as a trial attorney and appellate counsel in the juvenile rights division of the New York City court system. She represented children and youth in juvenile delinquency and abuse/neglect cases at trial and the appellate level. She also advocated for youth in foster care and