A longtime term-holder is being challenged by a candidate new to the scene in the Orleans 4 representative republican primary. Vicki Strong, of Albany, will look to retain her position and fend off newcomer John Courchaine, of Craftsbury. Voters from Albany, Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro that select a Republican ballot can vote between the two candidates in the Aug. 9 Primary. Some votes have already been cast from voters that requested a ballot through the mail. Courchaine, who attended Craftsbury Academy, is basing his campaign around three issues of concern; inflation, preservation of people’s rights and corruption. He describes himself as a “true patriotic republican,” and one of the reasons he is seeking the Orleans 4 representative position is to change things up in local politics and provide a fresh voice to the district. Standing in Courchaine’s way is political veteran Vicki Strong, who has held a representative position since 2010. Strong has served the Orleans-Caledonia district, which represented Albany, Barton, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Sheffield and Wheelock. Strong’s Vermont roots began when she was 18, as she attended “The Grassroots Project” in Craftsbury which is now known as Sterling College. Learning about forestry, agriculture and conservation, she developed a love of small town life and nature as well as gained a strong appreciation for those who “live off the land.” With six previous terms solidifying her resume, Strong prides herself in being a voice of courage and common sense for the communities she represents. Courchaine and Strong have just under three weeks until the Aug. 9 Primary which will decide who will be moving on to the election in November. All voters within the four towns of the newly structured Orleans 4 district that select a Republican ballot can cast their vote.