By Justin Haas
MONTPELIER Vermont Vermont State Speaker of the House Shap Smith (D) will face a challenger for his position. He has served as House speaker for the past four years.
Representative Paul Poirier, a former Democrat who is now an Independent, confirmed that he will be challenging Smith for the position of speaker.
Poirier said that he is running because he doesn't think that the voices of Republicans, Progressives, and Independents are being heard in debates.
Members of the house will choose their new speaker on January 9, 2013, when the Legislature convenes.