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TJ Donovan quits attorney general early to take job at online gaming company Roblox

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan at a press conference in Burlington on September 14, 2021. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan, who announced last month that he would not run again when his term ends in January, will leave his post later this month to take another job.

Donovan, in a statement Friday afternoon, said he would step down as attorney general on June 20, effective at 5 p.m. He said he had accepted a position as Director of Public Policy and State Strategy for the online gambling company. Roblox.

“Although this is a difficult decision, I am delighted that this new role allows me to continue to advance consumer protection,” Donovan said in the statement. “I will also continue to advocate for children, teens and their families while learning and integrating safeguards with emerging trends and technologies.”

He added that, in accordance with state law, Chief Deputy Attorney General Joshua Diamond “will assume and perform the duties of ‘Attorney General’ unless and until ‘Governor Phil Scott fills the Vacancy.

Four major candidates applied for the open seat.

Charity Clark, who served as Donovan’s chief of staff before stepping down from the campaign, is running against Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault in the August 9 Democratic Party primary election.

Perennial nominee H. Brooke Paige, on the Republican ticket, and Danby resident Elijah Bergman, on the Progressive side, are the only people running for nominations from those parties.

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