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
“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 www.vnrc.org or call