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In Vermont and around the globe, the biggest story of 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic.  But there were other events that will have lasting implications for state policy and residents.  It was a major election year for key statewide offices as candidates had to find ways to campaign in the midst of a pandemic that limited personal interactions.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermonters continued a long tradition of electing a governor and lieutenant governor from opposite parties on Election Day. Bidding for a third term, Republican Governor Phil Scott soundly defeated his challenger, while a newcomer to politics will hold the second-highest state office.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left) and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman will run against each other in the 2020 gubernatorial race
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During this general election, Vermont voters are deciding whether to re-elect the incumbent Republican governor or replace him. The Democratic challenger has faced an uphill battle as Vermont history tends to favor incumbents, and the governor’s popularity has been bolstered by his handling of the pandemic.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left) and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman will run against each other in the 2020 gubernatorial race
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The major party candidates vying for Vermont governor met at the Mad River Barn in Waitsfield Tuesday evening for an in-person COVID-compliant debate.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left) and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman will run against each other in the 2020 gubernatorial race
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott told reporters Friday that now that the primary is over he is planning a more active general election campaign as he seeks a third term in November.

The candidates for Vermont governor, with the exception of the incumbent, recently participated in a forum that focused on climate and social justice issues.

David Zuckerman
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Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive who is running for governor as a Democrat, held a telephone town hall on the coronavirus Wednesday.

David Zuckerman
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Vermont’s election season is taking shape, and it could mean big changes in the Statehouse. There had been speculation for at least a week that Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman was planning to run for governor.  This morning, he was in Montpelier to formally announce his plans.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that after 20 years of service, it’s time for him to take the next step.

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Verrmont Legislature

On Tuesday the new Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a memo implementing the president’s immigration executive order.  In the memo, Secretary Kelly notes he is authorized to enter into agreements with states to authorize “qualified officers or employees of the state …. to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens in the United States.”  That is raising red flags in the statehouse in Vermont.  Earlier this month, a bill was introduced that would require any federal move to use local or state law enforcement first be approved by the governor.  Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive, says the bill is scheduled for action in the state Senate today.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor-elect David Zuckerman
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Will the Vermont Legislature need to decide the state's next lieutenant governor? There appears to be some debate after the Secretary of State released the official canvass on Tuesday.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor-elect David Zuckerman
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In Vermont, the governor and lieutenant governor wage separate campaigns — often resulting in a split of the parties holding the state’s top two offices.  On election night, an unexpectedly close race for Vermont Lieutenant Governor unfolded.

The Vermont Senate roster lists him as a Progressive, but David Zuckerman runs for office as a Democrat.  Thursday night he officially launched his campaign for Lieutenant Governor as a Democrat.  The second-term state Senator, an organic farmer by trade, will also seek the endorsement of the Progressive party.  Zuckerman tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is running for Lieutenant Governor because the position offers a number of opportunities to enhance work he has done in the legislature.