George Vachris, R-Waterford, is Running For the State Senate Against Melodie Peters in the 20th District
George Vachris is a chemical and mechanical engineer from Waterford who is running for the state Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Melodie Peters in the 20th District – including New London and East Lyme – of Connecticut.
On Wednesday night, the Republican Party unanimously endorsed him at their nominating convention in Indianapolis.
Early Life and Education
Vachris, a chemical and mechanical engineer residing in Waterford, has worked at Electric Boat since 2007. Additionally, he serves on the town’s appointed harbor management commission and serves on the Waterford town committee. As a Republican Party nominee, he has been nominated to challenge Democratic Sen. Melodie Peters for her fifth term in Houston’s 20th Senate District which encompasses parts of Houston’s Inner Loop as well as north Houston around Spring, Humble and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Texas voters can help decide who will be elected as senator by casting their votes in the March primaries for both parties.
George Vachris has been a lawyer for more than two decades. The New York native began her career at Proskauer, an esteemed law firm, and now works at ViacomCBS as an associate general counsel. A proud UVA alumni, Vachris stays connected to her alma mater by attending games such as the annual Cavaliers home opener in Charlottesville. An avid field hockey and women’s lacrosse fanatic, she also keeps tabs on other University sports teams. Recently awarded one of the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Awards in recognition of her accomplishments during college – given to seven former student-athletes who have made significant contributions towards their profession, community involvement, philanthropy or profession.
Achievements and Honors
King George V’s reign brought about many transformations within the British Empire. In 1916, Ireland gained independence from Great Britain; four years later Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all achieved self-governance rights.
He was the only monarch to visit India as King-Emperor and spearheaded efforts for improved treatment of prisoners of war and conscientious objectors. Additionally, he created both the George Cross and George Medal awards in his name.
His illness in 1928 inspired him to prioritize his health, and for the remainder of his life he enjoyed relatively good health. His popularity and public affection for his role as monarch helped shape how modern-day royalty interacts with society.
Vachris, who has resided in Waterford for five years, is a chemical and mechanical engineer with a bachelor’s degree in history. Additionally, he holds certification as both a public school math teacher and town committeeman.
Vachris achieved great success as a student athlete, excelling in field hockey and lacrosse. She was an impressive goalie and earned herself the title of UVA’s all-time saves leader for women’s lacrosse. Graduating with high honors from the University in 2000, Vachris attained magna cum laude status along the way.
She has been an ardent UVA fan and has stayed connected to the University through various means. As part of their women’s lacrosse booster club, she also participates in fundraising efforts for the Cavaliers. However, the most important wish on her list is a home in Charlottesville.