First gubernatorial debate scheduled

Looks like our three major gubernatorial candidates will face off for the first time later this month.

Organized by the Vermont Natural Resource Council and moderated by Rutland Herald opinion page editor David Moats, the debate is scheduled for July 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Lareau Farm in Waitsfield.

The official PR is below:

VNRC Co-Hosts First Gubenatorial Debate of 2008

Focus will be on Environment, Food

Montpelier— Vermont’s three major gubernatorial candidates will square 
off in their first formal debate of the 2008 election to discuss some 
of the most important issues for Vermonters today, including the 
environment, energy, food and farming.

The debate among the three hopefuls — Republican incumbent Jim 
Douglas, Democrat Gaye Symington and Progressive Anthony Pollina —will 
take place on July 20 at the Lareau Farm (next to American Flatbread) 
in Waitsfield. The debate begins at 5:30 p.m. and is co-hosted by the 
Vermont Natural Resources Council, American Flatbread Company and 
Vermont Localvores.

“These are challenging times, and Vermonters need strong, visionary 
and creative leadership,” said Elizabeth Courtney, VNRC’s executive 

“This debate will focus on some of the issues Vermonters care about 
most: Creating walkable, vibrant communities, building a strong 
homegrown food and farming system, keeping our farms and forests 
productive and wild, and reducing the growing burden of energy costs 
on Vermonters by expanding efficiency and renewable energy 
opportunities,” Courtney said. “With that information, Vermonters can 
decide for themselves who is the best choice in November to lead us 
into the future.”

“The debate will also focus on food and agricultural policy,” said 
George Schenk, founder and owner of American Flatbread Company. 
“Vermonters are increasingly interested in where our food comes from, 
how it’s grown and processed, and its effect on the well-being of the 
environment and our health.”

David Moats, the Pulitzer-prize winning editorial page editor of the 
Rutland Herald will moderate the debate.

Immediately following the debate, guests can mingle with the 
candidates as well as their friends and neighbors over a scrumptious 
feast of American Flatbread, local greens and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
(Flatbread and drinks will be available for purchase; ice cream and 
salad is complimentary.) Childcare will be provided free of charge 
during the debate. The Anthony Santor jazz trio will play music during 

The Lareau Farm is located on Route 100 in Waitsfield at the home of 
American Flatbread. Attendance at the debate is free and all are 
welcome and encouraged to attend.  For more details about the debate, 
please visit the Calendar of Events at or call 

-Dan Barlow

2 Responses to First gubernatorial debate scheduled

  1. Where is Sam Young in these debates?
    Demand open political processes from your candiddates.
    Let Sam debate!

  2. Where is Sam Young in these debates?
    Demand open political processes from your candiddates.
    Let Sam debate!