Vermont Elections

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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.

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

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.

Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Josh Massey
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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.

In the wake of a crash on Interstate 89 in which a wrong-way driver killed five high school students this weekend, a debate between Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates has been canceled.  The candidates and the current governor will attend a vigil this evening.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his health care plan on Wednesday.  It’s an approach that fits his affordability policy strategy.

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The Republican and Democrat running for Vermont Governor participated in their first broadcast debate Monday night.  While generally polite, the two candidates offered clear differences in their philosophy regarding several issues.

David Zuckerman
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The candidates and political parties held unity events Wednesday following the Vermont primary this week.  In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the Democratic primary was won by a state senator from a third party.

Sue Minter greets supporters
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The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.

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Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

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Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

Randy Brock (left) with Phil Scott
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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is in the midst of a contentious primary campaign against first-time candidate Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary for governor.  Today, Scott received an endorsement from the Republican seeking his current position.

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The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Early voting for Vermont’s primary begins Friday.

Brandon Riker
Riker for Vermont

The campaigns for Vermont’s key offices are shifting as candidates see the end of the legislative session on the horizon and primary deadlines looming.

Brandon Riker
Riker for Vermont

Marlboro businessman Brandon Riker, who had been seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for lieutenant governor of Vermont, says he's dropping out of the race and supporting the candidacy of state Senator David Zuckerman.

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Vermont’s four gubernatorial candidates outlines different approaches to making child care more affordable and accessible to young families during a forum hosted Wednesday by children's advocacy groups.

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The middle of 2015 shook up Vermont’s political field.  At the beginning of June incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin made the announcement not to seek re-election. That resulted in a stream of candidates stepping forward to seek not only Vermont’s highest office, but the state’s second seat.

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Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman on Monday formally began his campaign for the Republican nomination for Vermont governor in next year's election.

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When Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin decided not to run for re-election this past summer, a torrent of candidates stepped forward to seek that office — including the current lieutenant governor, Phil Scott, the only statewide elected Republican.  That means the state’s second highest office is also for the taking in 2016. A number of candidates are jumping in. Among the latest is Vermont House representative Kesha Ram, a Democrat from Burlington.  Ram tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that she has the ideological, administrative and legislative background for the position.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
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Bill Sorrell is the longest serving Attorney General in Vermont history.  First appointed to the office by Governor Howard Dean, he was initially sworn in on May 1, 1997.  He has since won re-election every two years. But on September 28th,   Sorrell announced that he will not run again.  The Attorney General tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief  Pat Bradley why he decided to retire.

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Google executive and former Vermont lawmaker Matt Dunne is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2016.

Fourteen months before the election, candidates have begun to announce their plans to run for Vermont governor.  This week two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.

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What will be a long and unusual campaign for governor of Vermont officially got under way today. Putting to rest weeks of rumors, state House Speaker Shap Smith announced this morning that he is a candidate for the state’s open governor’s seat in 2016.

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expected to announce next week that he's a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Brandon Riker
Riker for Vermont

Despite being new on Vermont’s political scene, 28-year-old Democrat Brandon Riker has already raised more than $100,000 for his campaign for lieutenant governor.  He began thinking about running for office in January when the Shumlin administration pulled back its universal health proposal and committed to the race in May.  Riker tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he decided to run for lieutenant governor because it’s an office with great potential.

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Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday at Vermont’s Secretary of State’s office show two candidates aggressively fundraising in advance of the 2016 statewide elections — a campaign cycle that has started early with Governor Peter Shumlin declining to seek a fourth term.  One is Democrat Matt Dunne.  A former member of the Vermont House and Senate and a 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, he has raised more than $100,000.  While Dunne has yet to formally announce,  he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is gauging public support for a gubernatorial campaign.

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