Vermont 2018

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.

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

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In November, voters will elect Vermont’s statewide officers: governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor and secretary of state.  They will also elect the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state and the U.S. Senate seat held by Independent Bernie Sanders.  In a quirk of state election law, one candidate won the GOP primaries for six offices on Aug. 14th. Wednesday, he officially withdrew from five contests and the Vermont Republican Party chose candidates for the remaining races.

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Vermont’s Secretary of State has confirmed that the state had the second-highest primary election turnout by vote count in state history last week.

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.

H. Brooke Paige

A perennial Vermont candidate is running as a Republican for at least five statewide offices, hoping to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects.

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Primary season is now over and it’s on to the general election in Vermont. Voters will go to the polls in November for all of Vermont’s statehouse and statewide seats along with the U.S. House Representative and one U.S. Senate seat.

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

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Polls will close within the hour – at 7 p.m. – on this primary day in Vermont.  Although many expect a low turnout, clerks reported a steady number of voters coming to the polls this afternoon.

Vermonters are going to the polls today to determine statewide primary races. Three Democrats, including the longtime incumbent, are seeking to represent the state in Congress.

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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.

From left: Benjamin Mitchell, Peter Welch and Dan Freilich in a screenshot from Channel 17's Congressional Primary Forum
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Two Democrats are challenging incumbent Congressman Peter Welch in next week’s Vermont primary.  While the three agree on many issues they, clashed on a couple topics during a forum Tuesday evening.

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

Phil Scott (left) and Keith Stern
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Republican Governor Phil Scott and challenger Keith Stern faced off last night during a forum in advance of Vermont’s August 14th primary.

Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Josh Massey
Josh Massey

Vermont Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature and are strongly positioned to retain power in the November elections.  A new poll commissioned by Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS shows Republican Governor Phil Scott’s favorability has dropped to 45 percent, boosting the hopes of the four candidates in August’s Democratic primary.  Last week, Josh Massey took over as the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party.  He had worked for the Vermont Democratic Party before moving to Vancouver in 2015. But he returned following the Democratic losses in the 2016 election.  Massey explains why he wants to lead the state party.

Brenda Siegel
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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
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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.