Christine Hallquist

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates held their first debate Friday at the Tunbridge Worlds' Fair.

The general election campaign is under way in Vermont and Democrats and their candidate for governor are slamming incumbent Governor Phil Scott for accepting donations from a pharmaceutical company. The first-term Republican’s campaign shot back that the challenger is being hypocritical and should instead focus on real issues.

Christine Hallquist
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Vermont's transgender gubernatorial candidate says she's been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to gain traction.

Christine Hallquist
Christine for Vermont/Facebook

Vermont voters have chosen their general election candidates and made history in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Tuesday's primaries in Vermont and Connecticut. Dr. Chartock also discusses the sex abuse cover-ups by the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Christine Hallquist
Christine for Vermont/Facebook

 A former utility executive from Vermont has become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor.

Vermont State House
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Vermonters are voting Tuesday in the primary election that will choose the November candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and the House.

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Vermont and Connecticut. In Vermont, there are several high-profile races including the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary. The incumbent GOP governor faces a challenger and five Democrats hope to advance to the general election.

Senator John Rodgers
Vermont Legislature

Five Democrats are running in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. The only one with legislative experience is state Senator John Rodgers.  He is also the only one of the five who does not fully support all of the gun restrictions passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott last session.  Rodgers says he had initially decided to run for re-election to the state Senate but agreed to a write-in campaign after a number of people asked him to run in the gubernatorial primary.

Screencap of Vermont Democratic Primary Forum. From left: John Rodgers, Ethan Sonneborn, James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel and moderator Xander Landen
Channel 17 Town Meeting Television

Primary day in Vermont is just days away. Thursday evening, the Democratic candidates for governor debated a number of issues.

Brenda Siegel
Brenda Siegel for Governor/Facebook

A fourth Democrat has entered Vermont’s race for governor this year.  Brenda Siegel is the executive director of the Vermont Dance Festival in Brattleboro. She is a delegate to the Windham County Democratic Committee and the vice chair of the Newfane Democratic Committee.  Siegel says she is running because people like her are not represented in government.

James Ehlers
James Ehlers for Vermont/Facebook

One of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor of Vermont kicked off his campaign with an event in Barre Tuesday.

James Ehlers
James Ehlers for Vermont/Facebook

Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters.  He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.

Keith Stern

A candidate describing himself as a conservative constitutionalist Republican is challenging first-term incumbent Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Keith Stern, who entered the race in November, says the main reason he is running is that the state of Vermont is rapidly becoming unaffordable.

Christine Hallquist
Vermont Electric Cooperative

The head of Vermont’s second-largest utility plans to leave her post on March 1st to focus on her campaign to unseat Governor Phil Scott, a first-term Republican.  Christine Hallquist first faces a Democratic primary in August.  She says that Vermont is being threatened by policies from Washington that must be addressed.

Denial documentary poster
Denial/Derek Hallquist

A film that will be screened in Saratoga Springs this weekend interweaves two topics close to the heart of the filmmaker.  Derek Hallquist intended to make the film “Denial” to explain the electric grid and its impact on the environment.  For years he followed his father, the leader of a small electric utility, as he tried to confront how the electricity sector addresses climate change.  But Hallquist says that as filming on the documentary progressed he discovered and then interwove his father’s personal story of confronting gender denial.