Dean throws support behind Minter

Former Gov. Howard Dean threw his support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter Thursday, choosing the former Secretary of Transportation over her two primary rivals.

Howard Dean

Howard Dean

Dean, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and 2004 candidate for president, announced his support for Minter as he attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He said his support was the result of Minter proving “she can get the job done.”

“I am proud to support Sue Minter to serve as the next Governor of Vermont,” said Gov. Dean. “She is a strong leader and a true progressive who has the experience and dedication we need to keep moving Vermont forward.”

Dean is the third former governor to back Minter, following Madeleine Kunin and Phil Hoff.

“I am thrilled to have the support of so many who have dedicated their lives to making progressive change in Vermont,” Minter said in a statement. “Howard Dean’s leadership, progressive values, and dedication to Vermont have set a high bar for all who follow. I am honored to have his support in this election, and will work everyday to continue supporting working families, to be a strong environmental steward, and to make Vermont work.”

Minter is facing Matt Dunne, a former Windsor County state senator and Google executive, and Peter Galbraith a former Windham County state senator and diplomat, in the Aug. 9 primary.

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