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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray (file)
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Vermont’s Democratic Lieutenant Governor held a series of panel discussions on a variety of issues during the legislative session.  Her last virtual session focused on paid family and medical leave and how the pandemic has affected caregiving.

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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray has been holding a series of themed roundtables to bring attention to what she says are critical issues for the state.  Her latest “Seat at the Table” featured a panel discussion on climate change and sustainable food systems.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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Vermont’s new Lieutenant Governor is holding a series of bi-weekly virtual forums on priority issues. The latest Seat at the Table discussion examined workforce development issues in the state.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day this week is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.”  A discussion on the economic well-being of Vermont women looked at data and policy changes experts say are needed to bridge disparities between genders.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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Vermont’s new Lieutenant Governor recently kicked off a new discussion series that is intended to bring together experts and advocates on critical topics the state is facing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The first topic: broadband.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature convened this week to begin a new biennium. A new House Speaker, Lieutenant Governor and Senate Pro Tem, all women, have been sworn in over the past two days.

Vermont Statehouse
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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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Women are expected to hold most of the top leadership positions in the Vermont Legislature next year.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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On Tuesday night, Vermont voters elected Molly Gray as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.  The current assistant attorney general had never run for office but garnered a number of high-profile endorsements including from Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, former Governor and Ambassador Madeline Kunin and former Governor Peter Shumlin.  She defeated Republican businessman Scott Milne, who had twice run for office, and the outcome between the two was the closest among the state’s top races. On Wednesday morning Molly Gray told WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley following the election results was a rollercoaster but a very special night.

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.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
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Perhaps the closest and most contentious race in Vermont this year is for lieutenant governor.  The open position features a Republican who has mounted statewide campaigns before and a Democrat in her first run for office.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
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The closest race in Vermont’s general election is for Lieutenant Governor.  VPR/Vermont PBS hosted a debate Tuesday between Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne during which the two major party candidates expressed distinct differences of opinion on what policies the state should implement.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
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The general election for Vermont Lieutenant Governor this fall will feature two candidates who have never held public office. The Democrat is running her first campaign while the GOP candidate is making a comeback bid after nearly winning the 2014 race for governor.

Former Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Four Democrats and five Republicans are running for their party’s nomination for Vermont Lieutenant Governor. A Progressive candidate, Cris Ericson, is also running.

Debbie Ingram
Debbie Ingram for Vermont State Senate

In Vermont, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately and this year both races already have a number of Democratic candidates.  When current Lieutenant Governor Progressive David Zuckerman announced he would run for governor, several Democrats began running for lieutenant governor.  Among them is second-term Democratic Vermont state Senator Debbie Ingram of Williston. She tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley her skills and the opportunities the office presents are a great match.