James Ehlers

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
vermontgetsstern.org

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.

James Ehlers
Facebook: James Ehlers

A Vermont environmentalist who leads a group pushing for the cleanup of Lake Champlain says he's going to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott in next year's election as a Democrat.