Governor Peter Shumlin today named Teo Žagar to serve in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing the towns of Barnard, Hartford and Pomfret. Zagar replaces former Rep. Mark Mitchell, who resigned for health reasons following the close of the 2011 legislative session. Žagar, who was born in the former Yugoslav republic of Slovenia in 1978 to an American mother and Slovene father, moved to Barnard in 1985. He graduated from Woodstock Union High School and attended the University of Vermont before transferring to Hampshire College to focus on documentary film. ‘Teo understands education and special education issues, and has a broad world view and diverse perspective on issues,’ the Governor said. ‘He will serve his district well at the State House.’ “It’s an honor to be granted this opportunity to represent my neighbors,” said Žagar. “I’m excited to join Gov. Shumlin, his administration and representatives of all persuasions in navigating Vermont’s future with forethought and common sense.” Žagar served as Barnard’s Second Constable for three years before being appointed to the town’s Design Review Board. He has made several documentary films and presently works as a Special Education Program Assistant at the Woodstock Union High School.